DAL­LAS AT DEN­VER 7 p.m. Monday, ALT; 950 AM

Spot­light on Har­ri­son Barnes:

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Christo­pher Dempsey, The Den­ver Post

On a team with­out a lot of fire­power, Barnes has been a re­li­able source of scor­ing for the Mav­er­icks. The for­mer North Carolina star left Golden State as a free agent last sum­mer and joined the Mav­er­icks, sign­ing a four-year con­tract worth $94 mil­lion. He leads the Mav­er­icks in scor­ing with a ca­reer-high av­er­age of 20.4 points per game. He also is av­er­ag­ing a ca­reer-high 5.6 re­bounds.

Nuggets: They are look­ing to close this home­s­tand with three con­sec­u­tive wins, which would be the first time they have done that this sea­son. They have won con­sec­u­tive games for just the sec­ond time this sea­son. “We have a lot of work to do,” coach Michael Malone said. “It’s two games, a small sam­ple size, but I do like what I’ve seen. Hope­fully that can con­tinue and that can be who we are.” ... Den­ver’s of­fense has come alive the last two games, av­er­ag­ing 129.5 points on siz­zling 53.5 per­cent shoot­ing from the field. That in­cludes 43.1 per­cent from the 3-point line. ... The Mav­er­icks beat the Nuggets 112-92 in Dal­las last Monday. “We have Dal­las com­ing in here; we owe them,” Malone said. “We had one of our worst games of the year in Dal­las. So it would be great to end this three-game home­s­tand with a win.” Nikola Jo­kic had 27 points, 11 re­bounds and four as­sists off the bench in that loss to the Mav­er­icks. Mav­er­icks: They will be play­ing in Den­ver in the sec­ond game of a back-to-back set. They beat the Sacra­mento Kings 99-79 in Dal­las on Sun­day night . ... The Mav­er­icks haven’t fared well in the sec­ond game of back-to-back sets this sea­son, go­ing 0-4 in those sit­u­a­tions . ... They con­tinue to play with­out long­time star Dirk Now­itzki (Achilles ten­don in­jury), J.J. Barea (calf ) and An­drew Bogut (knee).

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