Game Thread: Mavericks (46-17) at Hornets (37-29)

Could Tyson Chandler make his return against a former team? (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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WHO: The New Orleans Hornets host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: The challenge that is four games in five nights continues.

WHERE: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA

WHEN: 7:00 pm CST

HOW: League Pass | FSSW | CST | KESN

THE STORY: New Orleans has won eight of the last 14 meetings with Dallas. The Mavericks won the previous 21 match-ups against the Hornets franchise from 2000-2007. This season, the two teams split the home-and-home series on November 15, 2010 and November 17, 2010, with the home team winning both times. Both games were decided by three points or less.  Dallas handed New Orleans its first loss of the season in the first meeting between the two teams on November 15, 2010 (New Orleans entered the game with an 8-0 record). The Hornets have won seven straight in New Orleans (10 straight if you include the playoffs).

For the Mavericks, Peja Stojakovic is out due to back spasms. Tyson Chandler will be a game-time decision (ankle). For the Hornets, Chris Paul will miss his second straight game due to a concussion and Trevor Ariza is active. Links below the jump, and check out the other side with At the Hive.

Shootaround Report: Mavericks (46-17) at Hornets (37-29)

At least half of the doubt surrounding the playing statuses of two key players in Wednesday night’s Mavericks-Hornets match-up was alleviated after the two teams went through their morning walk-throughs.


Can Corey Brewer become contributor?

Corey Brewer has played three games for the Mavericks and has averaged just seven minutes. In his homecoming Monday at Minnesota, where he figured to get some additional run, he played just six minutes.


Mavericks-Hornets Preview - Yahoo! Sports

If their first game without Chris Paul is any indication, the New Orleans Hornets could be in big trouble if their star player is out for much longer. Following their lowest-scoring performance of 2011, the Hornets may not find it any easier Wednesday night when they host the Dallas Mavericks.

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