730 P.M. at Dallas • American Airlines Center • FSN, 830-AM
Preview: Wednesday’s game is a rematch of Dallas’ 93-87 victory at Target Center only 10 days earlier. Dirk Nowitzki scored 29 points and had a pivotal three-point play with 1 minute, 30 seconds left that pushed the Wolves away the first time. The two teams will play twice more: Feb. 28 at Dallas and April 3 at Target Center. The Mavericks swept the season series 3-0 a year ago after the Wolves won the series 3-1 two years ago, the first time they had beaten Dallas three times in a season since 1996-97. … The Mavs have won four consecutive games, five of the past six and 26 of the past 34 between the two teams.
Players to watch: Nowitzki scored 31 points and Deron Williams 20 in Monday’s victory over the Celtics. The Mavs are 9-1 when two players each score 20 points in a game and are 4-0 when Nowitzki and Williams both score 20 or more. Three of those four games have been overtime games. … The Wolves have two players under age 21 — Andrew Wiggins (20.8 ppg) and Karl-Anthony Towns (15.5) — averaging 15 points a game. The only other two players who have done that were Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (25.3) and Russell Westbrook (15.3) in the 2008-09 season. … Wolves C Nikola Pekovic is expected to play after resting Tuesday in New Orleans on the first night of back-to-back games while Kevin Garnett played. Garnett is expected to rest Wednesday.
Injuries: Mavericks G Raymond Felton (eye) is questionable and F/C Zaza Pachulia (Achilles’ soreness) is questionable.