DALLAS AT DENVER 7 p.m. Monday, ALT; 950 AM
Spotlight on Harrison Barnes:
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).