AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER
TIPOFF: 8:30 p.m.
TV: TSN2; RADIO: FAN590
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas; Dallas: Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Vince Carter, Elton Brand, Brandan Wright.
Bargnani vs. Brand
With a decided height and quickness advantage, it might be a time for Bargnani to have a breakout game since Brand’s had difficulty guarding the 7-footer in the past. And with Brand not a focal point of Dallas’s offence, Bargnani won’t be a key factor defensively.
NEED TO KNOW
Mavs are still without the injured Dirk Nowitzki (knee) but are off to a 3-1 start, they shot 62 per cent from the field in a Monday home win over Portland … Ex-Raptor Shawn Marion will miss at least three games with a sprained left knee ligament and will likely be replaced in starting lineup by another ex-Raptor, Vince Carter, who plays a key role off the bench … Second time former Mavs assistant Dwane Casey will coach against his old boss Rick Carlisle … Mavs’ centres Wright and Chris Kaman shooting a combined 81 per cent from the field so far this season … Toronto has lost 13 of 16 games on the road against the Mavs … Game ends grind of four games in five nights for Toronto.