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Warriors, Mavs get set for Western Conference showdown

The Golden State Warriors will play host to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night in what will be a star-studded matchup featuring a couple of the NBA’s top clubs.

The Warriors and Mavericks will meet for the second time this season, with another two games to come in approximately a month’s time. Dallas came away with an impressive 99-82 home victory in the two teams’ first meeting.

The Warriors find themselves in the midst of a seven-game homestand in which they have gone 3-1 so far. The Mavericks just wrapped up a five-game homestand of their own, and will tip off a brief two-game trip on Tuesday, with the second game coming in Portland on Wednesday.

Warriors have gone .500 over their last 14 games

The Warriors, 34-13, still hold a three-game lead on the Memphis Grizzlies for second in the Western Conference, despite having gone 7-7 over their last 14 games. They have, however, fallen to 3.5 games back of the Phoenix Suns for first, who have now won an NBA-best seven-straight.

The Warriors held off the Utah Jazz in their previous game, by a score of 94-92. Both teams were missing some key players but it was Jordan Poole who ultimately stepped up, pouring in 20 points and 4 three-pointers for the Warriors.

Warriors star Steph Curry struggled mightily despite the win, converting on just 1 of his 13 three-point attempts and 5 of his 20 shots.

“They’re still attached to my body and I’m still getting up plenty of attempts,” Curry said after the game. “I’m trying to have fun with this. It’s a big-picture perspective on how you approach the game, the work that you put in. It’s obviously frustrating. I want to shoot the ball, it’s frustrating. I kicked the chair the other day for that reason. It’s not like I don’t care and not trying to figure it out but I don’t get preoccupied with it.”

The Warriors have the 13th-ranked offense, the top-ranked defense and second-best net rating in the NBA this season.

Mavericks have won 11 of 13

The Mavericks are playing some of the best basketball in the NBA right now, having won 11 of their last 13 games. They now sit at 27-20 and fifth in the Western Conference, seven games back of the Warriors.

The Mavs are coming off a 104-91 victory at the expense of the Grizzlies on Sunday. Mavericks star Luka Doncic erupted for 37 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals in a wire-to-wire victory. But Doncic made sure to credit team defense for the win.

“Everybody’s involved,” Doncic said. “Everybody’s helping each other. That’s what we’ve got to do.”

The Mavericks have the 21st-ranked offense, the fourth-ranked defense and eighth-best net rating in the NBA this season.

Players to watch

Curry is averaging 26.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game for the Warriors this season on 41.6% shooting, 37.6% from three and 91.3% from the free throw line.

Stephen Curry Props:

Points: 24.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.95)

Rebounds: 4.5 (Over: 1.64 | Under: 2.25)

Assists: 6.5 (Over: 1.71 | Under: 2.10)

Blocks: 0.5 (Over: 2.95 | Under: 1.37)

Threes-made: 3.5 (Over: 1.60 | Under: 2.30)

Points + Rebounds + Assists: 36.5 (Over: 1.86 | Under: 1.90)

Player Prop Special: 30+ points, 8+ rebounds, 10+ assists: 41.00

Doncic is averaging 25.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season on 43.7% shooting, 29.1% from three and 75.0% from the free throw line.

Luka Doncic Props:

Points: 26.5 (Over: 1.95 | Under: 1.90)

Rebounds: 8.5 (Over: 1.74 | Under: 2.10)

Assists: 8.5 (Over: 2.20 | Under: 1.66)

Blocks: 0.5 (Over: 2.80 | Under: 1.41)

Threes-made: 2.5 (Over: 2.35 | Under: 1.58)

Points + Rebounds + Assists: 43.5 (Over: 1.90 | Under: 1.90)

Player Prop Special: 30+ points, 10+ rebounds, 10+ assists: 10.00

Game Odds

The Warriors are listed as 3.5-point favorites in this one.

Spread: Mavericks (+3.5) 1.94 | Warriors (-3.5) 1.90

Money Line: Mavericks 2.40 | Warriors 1.60

Over/Under: Over (210.5) 1.92 | Under (210.5) 1.92

Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 pm ET.