Game Thread: Mavericks (50-21) at Jazz (36-37)

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WHO: The Utah Jazz host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: The first of 6 straight road games, and a chance to sweep Utah this season

WHERE: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

WHEN: 8:00pm CT

HOW: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | FSR-UT | KESN | KFNZ

THE STORY: Shawn Marion will be re-joining the lineup. along with Peja Stojakovic, to give the Mavs one of the healthiest benches they've had in a while. After trading away Deron Williams, the Jazz have had a difficult time finding their feet, most recently losing a close one to the Hornets on Thursday. If the Mavericks win tonight, they will sweep Utah for the season. There are some links after the jump for your reading pleasure, and I'm sure SLC Dunk will be happy to have you visit.

Mavericks-Jazz Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
The Dallas Mavericks are beginning a critical road trip that could help them move into second place in the Western Conference or drop them as low as fourth. They'll try to get the season-high six-game stretch off to a positive start Saturday night when they visit the slumping Utah Jazz with a chance to sweep the four-game season series.

Mavericks-Jazz preview — Mavs tip off long road trip, try to sweep Jazz
Although the Mavericks have sprinted to an NBA-best 24-10 road record, they admit that they will be greatly tested in the next six games — all away from Big D — as they try to add on to their 11th straight 50-win season.

Must Kidd score for Mavs to go deep? - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas
A Friday blog entry examined Jason Kidd's recent scoring struggles and suggested that his 4.3-point scoring average and 25-percent shooting from the floor (11-of-44) and 18.9-percent (7-of-37) from beyond the arc over the last eight games could be a sign of fatigue.

Mavericks still prefer slashing over shooting for Roddy B.
Roddy Beaubois has hit 19-of-60 3-point shots so far (31.7 percent), meaning almost 40 percent of his shots are from beyond the arc. Rick Carlisle doesn't mind open 3-pointers. In fact, he encourages them. But he also knows that Beaubois' best asset is not his ability to fling it from long range. 

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