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Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - The injury-plagued Los Angeles try to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak tonight when they visit and the streaking Dallas at American Airlines Center. This is the fourth meeting this season between the two squads. After LA won the first two games, the defeated the 110-93 on December 12, 2003 at Staples Center. With the win, Dallas ended a 26-game road losing steak in this series and also snapped a five-game losing streak to the .

The , who have won two straight at Dallas, fell to the Memphis , 88-82, on Wednesday, at The Pyramid. had a game-high 24 points for the , who have dropped eight straight road games for the first time since the 1988-89 season.

Los Angeles, which played without All-Stars , and , fell to 2-3 without the big three in the lineup. O'Neal is expected to miss tonight's game with a right calf injury, while Bryant and Malone are on the injured list.

The are 6-11 on the road this season.

Dallas comes into tonight's contest on a five-game winning streak.

On Tuesday, scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 19th double-double as the defeated the New Jersey , 106-93, at American Airlines Center.

Nowitzki recorded 19 points and 10 boards for the , winners of 10 of their last 14 contests. added 18, as did , who returned from a one-game absence stemming from a sore hip

The Mavs, who have won two straight and six of their last seven at home, are an impressive 18-3 as the host this season.

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