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2 things to watch for as the Mavericks clash with the Hornets

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Dallas will try to pick up it’s third road victory of the season.

NBA: Preseason-Charlotte Hornets at Dallas Mavericks Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks (17-19) seem to be hanging on for dear life, but with the turn of the calendar comes new opportunities. Hope springs eternal. New year, new me. Insert any other cliche New Year’s motto.

The Mavericks’ road woes have taken quite the toll on the team with second most victories at home in the NBA, and the schedule doesn’t let up in 2019 starting with the Charlotte Hornets (18-18) who are 14-7 at the Spectrum Center.

Here’s what to watch for Wednesday night.

KEMBA WALKER

We could probably leave it at that and call it a day. Now 28, Walker is entering the prime of his career and is averaging a career high in points (25.8) and assists (6.1). The former UCONN Husky is a threat for 40-plus points any given night, most recently going off for 47 Saturday night. Walker even erupted for a 60 point barrage earlier this season. Dennis Smith Jr.’s defensive improvements have been noticeable this season, and this will be another good measuring stick for the second year guard playing in his home state for the first time this season.

Which DJ shows?

Jordan is coming off a pitiful two point, 10 rebound and six (!!) turnover performance agains the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night but has an excellent opportunity to put that game behind him against the Hornets who just lost starting center Cody Zeller to a broken hand. Jordan has had an up-and-down season, but last game against the Thunder was an unusual performance from the veteran center. Jordan was once again plagued by the turnovers that occur at the top of the key and lead to easy buckets from the opponent. With Frank Kaminsky and Willy Hernangomez on deck, Jordan should feast on the Hornets’ front court.

How to watch

The game tips at 6 PM CST and can be watched on Fox Sports Southwest and NBA League Pass.