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Game Thread: Hornets at Mavericks

Who: The Dallas Mavericks host the New Orleans Hornets

What: The chance for Dallas to take down the only undefeated team left in the league

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: 7:30pm CT/ 8:30pm ET

How: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | CST

The Story:

Caron Butler is a gametime decision, still unsure whether his back spasms will sideline him again. That being said, Dallas' defense is making waves across the league, and could be the best weapon against an unbeaten Hornets team. All five NO starters are averaging double figures, so the Dallas D will really have to clamp down.

For some perspective, jump below and peruse the links, and of course visit At The Hive.

Hornets-Mavericks Preview
Led by a stifling defense, the New Orleans Hornets are the last unbeaten team in the NBA. To extend their start, they'll need an especially impressive effort given the way they've struggled offensively on the road against their next opponent.

Caron Butler: 'See how it feels tonight'
Caron Butler went through Monday morning's shootaround, but the Dallas Mavericks' small forward wasn't quite ready to rule himself in for tonight's home game against the undefeated New Orleans Hornets.

Defense becoming new calling card for Mavericks

As the Mavericks sit around waiting for their little French buddy to save the day, an old Puerto Rican sparkplug has remerged from an early season slumber. Perhaps of greater importance than the Roddy Beaubois watch or J.J. Barea rebirth, especially for Rick Carlisle, is the arrival of another friend who they hope sticks around all season.

Mavericks have a chance to be the first

With Saturday night's blowout win in New Orleans over Portland, the Hornets remained undefeated, meaning the Mavericks will get not one but two chances to be the first team this season to beat the ultra-surprising Hornets.