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Game Thread: Pacers (27-33) at Mavericks (44-16)

WHO: The Dallas Mavericks host the Indiana Pacers

WHAT: Big Wood gets the Big Start

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

WHEN: 7:30pm CT

HOW: League Pass | FSSW-DAL | FSI | KESN | WFNI

THE STORY: Tyson Chandler is out for at least two games with an ankle sprain. That means that Brendan Haywood will get his moment to hopefully shine as a starter. The Mavericks have a pretty good record against the Pacers, minus that little blemish from January where Dirk Nowitzki was out and Dallas couldn't win to save their lives. There are a couple of choice links below the jump, and don't forget to get your hurr did at Indy Cornrows.

Pacers-Mavericks Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
The Dallas Mavericks are one of the deepest teams in the NBA. That depth is about to be tested with starting center Tyson Chandler sidelined. With Chandler expected to miss at least two games, Brendan Haywood will likely start as the Mavericks look to win their eighth straight overall and ninth in a row at home Friday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Inside Report: Pacers-Mavericks preview — Streaking Mavs welcome in Pacers to Big D
Sixth man Jason Terry has proclaimed that the Mavericks’ bench is the best in basketball all season long. Tuesday night, Terry personally backed it up. Now, he’ll look to reinforce his point against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

Time for Brendan Haywood to earn pay - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas
It seemed like Brendan Haywood would rather shoot a free throw with a game on the line than give a straight answer to this simple question. What does the big man think of his performance so far this season? "Um … I don’t know," Haywood said, punctuating the sentence with a blank stare and awkward silence.

Sefko: Mavs' inconsistent defense could prove their undoing against elite teams in playoffs
Each week, Eddie Sefko answers your questions in our Mavericks newsletter. It's easy to sign up and free to receive. Just click over to our newsletter page. Here are some highlights of his most recent newsletter.

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