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San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks: Game Preview

Jan 17, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots the ball as Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) looks on during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots the ball as Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) looks on during the first half at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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San Antonio (41-8) on the road can match the best 50-game start in franchise history with a win against the Dallas Mavericks (28-24) on Friday.

The Spurs will be heading into Dallas without two key players, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. As expected, Duncan will miss his sixth game as he is suffering from a knee injury, while Ginobili suffered a groin injury during the teams 110-97 win against the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday.

Ginobili did have surgery Thursday morning according to the team. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

The Spurs look to blow out their Southwest Division rival for the second time in three weeks behind a surging LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aldridge over his last three games has been playing lights out. He is averaging 32 points, five rebounds and four blocks in 33 minutes of play.

The All-Star forward set a season high with 28 points against Orlando on Monday, then broke it Wednesday with 36. Aldridge also blocked eight shots in those games and helped limit Pelicans star Anthony Davis to three points in the fourth quarter.

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His numbers have improved from his first 31 games — 15.4 points and 47.1 percent. Through his last 14 — 19.2 points on 55.7 percent shooting.

In the Spurs 112-83 blowout to the Dallas Mavericks on January 17th, Aldridge outplayed Dirk Nowitzki. He finished with 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting. Nowitzki was held to four points on 2 of 10 shooting.

Nowitzki whom is the NBA’s sixth all-time leading scorer has been struggling in the last five meetings — 10.4 points on 35.1 percent shooting.

The Spurs are going into American Airlines Center where they have lost their last two.

Dallas have injuries of their own that they will be battling as starting point-guard Deron Williams could miss a second-consecutive game with a hip injury. Backup Devin Harris likely will be missing his seventh straight with a sprained toe.

Spurs’ point guard Tony Parker with the injuries the Mavericks are going through feel they are a dangerous team offensively.

“They create a lot of different matchup problems with Dirk and stuff like that. They go small,” he said. “… We just have to make sure we play good defense and control the basketball.”

The Spurs-Mavericks matchup is the second of a double-header on ESPN and his scheduled to tip at 9:30 PM EST.

Next: Aldridge Stepping Up At Right Time

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