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Game Thread: Suns (12-12) at Mavericks (20-5)

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Who: The Dallas Mavericks host the Phoenix Suns

What: We meet the struggling Suns for the first time this season

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: 8:30pm CT

How: ESPN | SNET1 | KTXA | KUTP | KESN | KTAR

The Story: The Mavericks are looking to go 5-1 during their longest home-stand of the season, the Phoenix Suns stand in their way. The Mavericks will see a familiar face in Steve Nash, former Maverick. Dallas has won six of the last eight games against Phoenix, including the last five at home. Dirk Nowitzki averaged 26.7 points and 6.7 rebounds against the Suns in 2009-10. Jason Terry averaged 17.7 points and 3.7 assists in last year’s season series. Amar'e Stoudemire is gone, but the Suns are still a run-and-gun offense with lots of new weapons at their disposal.

Links after the jump, and stop by Bright Side of the Sun for Suns coverage.

Mavericks: Inside Report - Practice Report

After fighting their way through the slow-playing Portland Trail Blazers, to say that the Mavericks are looking forward to the up-tempo style of the Phoenix Suns would be an understatement.

Shootaround Report: Suns (12-12) at Mavericks (20-5)

There figures to be a derby-racing pace to Friday night’s matchup between the Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns.

Dallas Morning News Preview

Scouting the incoming Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks for tonight's match-up.

ESPN's Preview

The Dallas Mavericks' defense has struggled over the last two games. Coach Rick Carlisle's team could get tested again if the high-scoring Phoenix Suns can repeat their most recent effort.