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The Mavericks and Jazz tip off in Dallas in a very important game before the All-Star Break

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The two clubs face off for the second time this season in a battle of two Western Conference playoff hopefuls.

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NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Utah Jazz Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

When the Mavericks and Jazz and tip off Monday night, Dallas will look to avenge the nail-biting loss to Utah just a few weeks back in Salt Lake City. The Mavericks led for the majority of the game, but the Jazz won the fourth quarter by a nine-point margin and won the game on a Royce O’Neal three pointer and ensuing Rudy Gobert blocked shot at the rim.

While Dallas shot the ball well from deep, connecting on 39 percent of their attempts, the team struggled mightily from the free-throw line going 7-of-13. After a disappointing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, the Mavericks will look to right the ship and our partner StubHub wants you to see this game live with a bunch of great seats still available.

The Mavericks are 31-21 as of this writing and have a game against Hornets on deck. The Jazz sit at 33-18 with a game against Rockets on the horizon.

Here are three things to take note of before Monday night:

Battle on the glass

While the Mavericks have relied heavily on the three ball, the team has also found success on the offensive glass ranking first in the league in nearly 15 second chance points per game. Led by Dorian Finney-Smith’s 2.1 offensive rebounds per game and Kristaps Porzingis’ 1.7 offensive rebounds per game, the Mavericks generate plenty of second chance points and compound that with hoists from behind the arc.

However, the Jazz have a significant counter and sport a top-five opponent offensive rebound percentage (25.3 percent) and allow only 12.4 second chance points per game. With Rudy Gobert patrolling the paint, the Jazz succeed regularly in limiting paint points and keeping opponents to one possession each time down the floor. The Mavericks will need to find success on the offense glass to have a chance Monday.

Limiting the fast break

The Jazz are one of the best shooting teams in the entire league, and the Mavericks don’t come in far from behind, so instead of trying to limit a strength, the Mavericks need to focus on shoring up a weakness and limiting the Jazz on the break. Currently, the Jazz score only 10.6 points on the break (26th in the league), but the Mavericks allow a league-worst 16.4 fast break points per night.

Since the Jazz are one of the worst teams at forcing turnovers (the Mavericks are the worst), the Mavericks can control the tempo and prevent Utah from getting easy transition buckets. As one of the better three-point shooting teams in the NBA, Utah is bound to hit from long range, so it’s imperative Dallas doesn’t give up anything easy and makes the Jazz earn each bucket.

Can the Mavericks contain Gobert?

The last time these two teams met, Gobert dominated to the tune of 22 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks, which included the game saving block on Delon Wright in the final seconds of the game. The Mavericks were able to counter Gobert’s defensive prowess with Porzingis’ floor-stretching ability, and Dallas will need Porzingis to keep playing hot to draw Gobert away from the rim.

Before the Mavericks take on the Wizards Friday, Porzingis has registered three consecutive 30 point, 10 rebound games and is averaging 35 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from three. If the Mavericks want to slow down Gobert, they’ll need Porzingis to make him work on defense and use his length on defense to make Gobert uncomfortable.

How to watch

There are many great deals available with StubHub now and up to tip off, but if you can’t get to the American Airlines Center and see the game live, be sure to watch Fox Sports Southwest or NBA League Pass at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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