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Mavericks take on the Knicks in game two of a road back-to-back

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The Mavericks visit the New York Knicks as they look to start a new winning streak.

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The Mavericks continue their trip up the East Coast with a stop at Madison Square Garden.

What did the Knicks do over the offseason?

After another disappointing season, the Knicks brought in a slew of veterans, mostly role players, to shake things up, with the most notable acquisition being center Robin Lopez.

But the most impactful move of the summer was drafting 7'3" Latvian Kristaps Porzingis with the number four pick in the draft. Although fans were disappointed at the time, Porzingis has had an outstanding NBA debut, shooting over 35 percent from three and pulling down nine rebounds per game, and as a foreign, white big man who can shoot from behind the arc, he has of course drawn comparisons to Dirk.

What have the Knicks done lately?

The Knicks' future certainly looks brighter than it did last season, but they've still got a long way to go. The team has a losing record and is currently 11th in the Eastern Conference, losing most recently to Milwaukee. Their offense in particular has been struggling and is tied for 23rd in efficiency.

What do the Mavericks need to do to be successful against the Knicks?

The Mavericks are the better team, in terms of record and both offensive and defensive efficiency. If the shots fall the way they did last night (or even close), this should be a good win for Dallas. But the Knicks have won a handful of tough games this season, and with the Mavericks on the second night of a road back-to-back (and missing both J.J. Barea and Devin Harris), they could put up a good fight.

How to watch

The game tips off at 6:30 p.m. Central. You can watch on Fox Sports Southwest locally or on NBA League Pass elsewhere.