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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers

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It’s the rookie battle we’ve all been waiting for?

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers

WHAT: A really weird time of day for a non-national game.

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

WHEN: 1:00 p.m. CT

HOW: Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports Go, or NBA League Pass

THE STORY: The last time the Mavericks and the Lakers faced each other was in Las Vegas Summer League. The much-touted matchup between Dennis Smith Jr. and Lonzo Ball didn’t really materialize, as Ball barely played in that game. Not so this time, as both Smith Jr. and Ball have been big parts of their respective teams this year and should be on the court. Both teams are....well, about where they should be in the standings, which is near the bottom. The Mavericks stand at 12th in the West with the Lakers at 13th.

So if nothing else, this should be a fun battle with some fun rookies between two Western Conference teams that are rebuilding. Get hype?

Go Mavs.