Wednesday , Apr , 11 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Short-handed Mavericks visit disappointing Timberwolves

(Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks try to record their 65th win this
season, as they visit the disappointing Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the
Target Center.

The Mavericks are on a two-game winning streak and have already clinched the
best record in the league and the home-court advantage throughout the NBA

Dallas will play the Timberwolves without two of its key players. Veteran
guard Jerry Stackhouse (sore knee/rest) and All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki
(sore left ankle/rest) will have the night off. Nowitzki leads the Mavericks
in scoring (24.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg), while Stackhouse is averaging
12.0 points per game.

On Monday, Nowitzki scored 26 points as the Mavericks clinched home-court
advantage throughout the postseason with a 96-86 win over the Los Angeles
Clippers at American Airlines Center.

Stackhouse contributed 18 points for Southwest Division champion Dallas, which
has captured 12 of its last 14 games overall. Josh Howard tallied 16 points
and Devin Harris netted 14 in the victory.

The Mavericks are an impressive 29-9 on the road this season. They return home
to host the Utah Jazz on Friday and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday at
American Airlines Center.

Minnesota plays the third of a four-game homestand, and enters tonight’s
contest on a two-game losing streak. Anthony Parker drained five three-
pointers and finished with 24 points, as the Toronto Raptors downed the
Timberwolves, 111-100, on Monday at the Target Center.

Ricky Davis poured in 28 points and dished out eight assists for the
Timberwolves, who have lost six of their last eight games overall. Kevin
Garnett had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, while Craig Smith ended
with 17 points in defeat.

The Timberwolves are 20-18 at home this season. They have dropped five in a
row at the Target Center. Minnesota is scheduled to host Tim Duncan and the
San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Dallas is 3-0 against the Timberwolves this season, and has won five of the
last six contests in the series. The Mavericks have won three of their last
four at Minnesota.