Heat host the Mavericks for cross-conference contest
Dallas Mavericks (29-45, 14th in the Western Conference) vs. Miami Heat (36-38, ninth in the Eastern Conference)
Miami; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Heat take on the Dallas Mavericks in out-of-conference play.
The Heat are 17-21 on their home court. Miami ranks third in the Eastern Conference with 11.3 offensive rebounds per game, led by Hassan Whiteside averaging 3.7.
The Mavericks are 7-30 in road games. Dallas is 10-20 in games decided by at least 10 points. The Heat won 112-101 in the last meeting between these two teams on Feb. 13. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 22 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. led Dallas with 20 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Whiteside leads the Heat with 11.5 rebounds and averages 12.3 points. Bam Adebayo has averaged 8.9 rebounds and added 12.3 points per game over the last 10 games for Miami.
Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks averaging 21.1 points and is adding 7.6 rebounds. Jalen Brunson has averaged 4.5 assists and scored 17.2 points over the last 10 games for Dallas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mavericks: 2-8, averaging 111.4 points, 42.6 rebounds, 25.2 assists, 5.4 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112 points on 46.6 percent shooting.
Heat: 6-4, averaging 105.4 points, 44.7 rebounds, 25.3 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 103.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting.
Heat Injuries: Justise Winslow: day to day (thigh), Josh Richardson: day to day (heel), Rodney McGruder: out (left knee soreness).
Mavericks Injuries: Tim Hardaway Jr.: out for season (leg), Kristaps Porzingis: out for season (knee), J.J. Barea: out for season (lower leg).