San Antonio Spurs at Mavericks

7 p.m. today, FSSW/ESPN, KESN-FM 103.3, KFLC-AM 1270 in Spanish

Scouting the Spurs

They've won six games in a row, including a 106-102 win over New Orleans in which neither Tim Duncan nor Kawhi Leonard played. Both sat with minor knee injuries. Leonard will be back for the Mavericks game, but Duncan remained in San Antonio. … They are a league-best 19-2 at home but have gone just 6-7 on the road against Western Conference opponents. Of course, one of those wins was by 25 at AAC last month. … The Spurs' success offensively is based on ball movement. They lead the NBA in assists at more than 25 per game. … Tony Parker had a huge night in the win over New Orleans with 24 points and 13 of the Spurs' 29 assists. … Tiago Splitter, who has emerged as their starting center, had a career-best 25 points in that game on 10-of-11 shooting.

Scouting the Mavericks

If anybody should be properly motivated for this one, it's the Mavericks, who have lost twice by a combined 63 points to the Spurs this season. … Dirk Nowitzki needs 27 points, which would be his season high, to pass Allen Iverson (24,368) for 18th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. … This will be Shawn Marion's 999th NBA regular-season game. … Darren Collison is averaging 15.1 points on nearly 54 percent shooting over his last 15 games. … While going 5-1 over the last six games, the Mavericks have scored more than 100 in all of them and are averaging 110.7 points during the hot streak. … In the last five games, O.J. Mayo is averaging almost 18 points per game and has made half of his 14 3-point attempts.