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Game Thread: Magic (24-12) at Mavericks (26-9)

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Who: The Dallas Mavericks host the Orlando Magic

What: The longest we've ever gone without Dirk in the lineup...

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: 7:30pm CT

How: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | FSFL | KESN | WDBO

The Story: Dirk Nowitzki will sit this one out due to his knee still not being 100%. The Mavericks haven't done so well without their franchise player. The Magic, however, have won 8 games straight and their newly acquired players are settling in nicely. Could get ugly, folks. There are some links and such after the jump, and take a gander at the Orlando Pinstriped Post for your Magic news, you muggles.

As Always, GO MAV(B)S!!!

Magic-Mavericks Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
When the Orlando Magic hosted the Dallas Mavericks last month, Dallas was in the midst of a 17-1 stretch while Orlando, days after overhauling its roster, was on its way to an eighth loss in nine games. Nothing has gone wrong for the Magic since. Little has gone right for the Mavericks.

Inside Report: Magic-Mavericks preview — Stealing Orlando's magic
With Dirk Nowitzki slated to miss his seventh straight game, the Mavericks will try to end the Magic's eight-game winning streak. Earl K. Sneed previews the matchup.

Shootaround Report: Magic (24-12) at Mavericks (26-9) - Mavs Fast Break
The Mavericks say they learned a lot while watching the Orlando Magic’s nationally-televised thumping of the Houston Rockets Friday night. Most importantly, the Mavericks learned that the Magic are a formidable opponent even when All-Star center Dwight Howard is in foul trouble.

Howard is the man, but Chandler can hold his own
If the Orlando Magic is in town, that means Dwight Howard is front and center in the Mavericks' defensive and offensive thoughts.

Mavericks' 99-95 loss to Thunder shows why Dirk is sorely missed
With the game decided and the last remnants of playing time ticking off the clock, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant held the ball near the Mavericks' bench. Coach Rick Carlisle playfully tapped at it. And Durant handed it to Carlisle, which qualified as one of the silliest turnovers of the season.

Dallas Mavericks Blog
Where has Jason Kidd's shooting touch gone? South. The Dallas Mavericks can only hope not for the entire winter.