Tuesday , Apr , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mavs need to find their swagger

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks (55-19) trail the defending
world champion San Antonio Spurs by 2 1/2 for first place in the
Southwest Division and the top spot in the Western Conference.

They will split their final eight games evenly between home and the road.
Dallas will visit San Antonio, the Clippers, Golden State and Phoenix.

The Mavericks final four home contests are against Sacramento, the Hornets,
Utah and the Clippers.

Dallas and the Spurs will square off on April 7th at the AT&T Center. The
Mavericks are 1-2 against San Antonio this season.

On Tuesday, the Kings try to win their fourth straight game when they visit
the Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Sacramento is No. 8 in the Western
Conference playoff race. It is 1 1/2 games behind the seventh-seeded Los
Angeles Lakers and two games ahead of No. 9 New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

It is the third and final meeting of the season between the Kings and
Mavericks. In the previous two contests, the teams split a pair of games at
ARCO Arena.

Sacramento has lost four straight after winning its last two at Dallas.

On Sunday, All-Star Dirk Nowitzki poured in 30 points and pulled down 12
rebounds and Jason Terry netted 21, as Dallas got back on the winning track
with a 103-79 victory over the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center.

Josh Howard contributed 20 points and Jerry Stackhouse scored 14 in the win
over the Nuggets for Dallas. Veteran center Erick Dampier posted a double-
double off the bench with 10 points and 10 boards for the Mavericks, who
halted a season-worst three-game losing streak.

The Mavericks are an impressive 31-6 as the host this season. They have won
four of their last five at home.