Jokic, Denver set for matchup against Dallas
Denver Nuggets (9-4, third in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (8-4, fourth in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Monday, 8 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mavericks -4; over/under is 209
BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets take on the Dallas Mavericks. Jokic ranks 10th in the league averaging 25.3 points per game.
The Mavericks have gone 6-1 against Western Conference teams. Dallas allows 106.1 points to opponents and has been outscored by 1.6 points per game.
The Nuggets are 6-3 against Western Conference opponents. Denver ranks eighth in the NBA scoring 14.5 fast break points per game led by Jokic averaging 2.7.
The teams play for the second time this season. In the last meeting on Oct. 30 the Nuggets won 106-75 led by 17 points from Will Barton, while Luka Doncic scored 16 points for the Mavericks.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tim Hardaway Jr. averages 2.8 made 3-pointers per game for the Mavericks, scoring 14.2 points while shooting 37.1% from beyond the arc. Doncic is shooting 44.2% and averaging 25.6 points over the past 10 games for Dallas.
Jokic is scoring 25.3 points per game and averaging 13.7 rebounds for the Nuggets. Barton is averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Denver.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mavericks: 7-3, averaging 106.4 points, 45.0 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 7.2 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.5 points per game.
Nuggets: 7-3, averaging 105.0 points, 44.9 rebounds, 24.3 assists, 8.0 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 46.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 98.1 points.
INJURIES: Mavericks: Maxi Kleber: out (back).
Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (left hip), Michael Porter Jr.: out (back), Jamal Murray: out (knee).