Jerome Miron, USA Today Sports

The Charlotte Hornets travel to Dallas looking for its first road win against the Mavericks since 1998

The Charlotte Hornets open a three-game road trip against the Mavericks hoping to win in Dallas for the first time since 1998.

Charlotte earned its first win since April at home Tuesday night.  It has been much longer since the Hornets have been successful in Dallas.

In its fifth game of the season, Charlotte (1-3) travels to Dallas (2-2) to take on the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center hoping to end a 14-game losing streak in North Texas.

The last time Charlotte won in Dallas was Jan. 24, 1998 when the Hornets nipped the Mavericks, 94-92, at Reunion Arena. Glen Rice and the late-Anthony Mason led Charlotte that evening with 29 point apiece. Dallas was led by Michael Finley with 24 points, while Shawn Bradley chipped in 23.

The Hornets picked up the team’s first win of the season last time out, thumping Chicago, 130-105, at Time Warner Cable Arena. Charlotte had seven players finish in double-figures scoring and made 14 three-pointers on 23 attempts. The 130 points was the most scored by the team since a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 15, 1997.

Marvin Williams continues to average nearly a double-double per game (10.5 points, 9.3 rebounds) and is giving Charlotte solid production in his second season with the team. Williams is also tied with Nicolas Batum for the team lead in minutes averaged per game at 32.8.

Thursday’s tilt is the first of a three-game road swing for the Hornets. Charlotte travels south to San Antonio to face the Spurs Saturday before concluding the trip Tuesday at Minnesota. Last season, the team finished 14-27 on the road; Charlotte dropped its first two games away from the Queen City this year.

Charlotte Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Kemba Walker

6-1

15.5

G

Nicolas Batum

6-8

14.3

F

P.J. Hairston

6-6

5.8

F

Marvin Williams

6-9

10.5

C

Al Jefferson

6-10

12.8


Dallas is coming off a home loss to a surprising Toronto team that outscored the Mavericks by 13 points in the second half--including a 10 point advantage in the fourth quarter.

With Dirk Nowitzki as the longtime face of the organization, it’s easy to forget about the depth Dallas has in the backcourt. Wesley Matthews and newcomer Deron Williams are backed up by veterans J.J. Barea and ex-Bobcat Raymond Felton, along with Devin Harris. The trio comes off the bench to average over 29 points per game.

JaVale McGee is out with a leg injury for Dallas.

Dallas Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Deron Williams

6-3

12.0

G

Wesley Matthews

6-5

9.0

F

Chandler Parsons

6-9

5.5

F

Dirk Nowitzki

7-0

17.5

C

Zaza Pachulia

6-11

8.5