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Dallas at Atlanta
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Where: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

Rookies Luka Doncic and Trae Young were the featured players in a notable draft-night deal between the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks last spring. The youngsters, who have hit the ground running in their NBA careers, will face off for the first time Wednesday when Doncic leads the Mavericks into Atlanta for Young's home debut with the Hawks.

The two lottery teams swapped their first-round picks and Dallas sent Atlanta a 2019 first-round selection, and both Doncic and Young are already leading their respective teams in scoring, with Young erupting for 35 points in a rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. "Trae is fearless," Hawks guard Kent Bazemore told reporters. "Even in the practices earlier in the summer, he came in and established himself right away. That's what you have to respect: a young guy that comes in, he's not bashful, he's not shy and who has that kind of caliber talent." The Mavericks won two straight and Doncic has shined in both victories, averaging 22.5 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor. He will try to help Dallas snap a nine-game losing streak against Atlanta, a slide that extends to the Mavericks' last win in the series nearly five years ago.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN, FS Southwest (Dallas), FS Southeast (Atlanta)

ABOUT THE MAVERICKS (2-1): Doncic added a team-high six assists in Monday's 115-109 win over the Chicago Bulls, including a clever look to cutting center DeAndre Jordan that put the 19-year-old on the highlight reels. Jordan converted on the play as part of an 18-point, 16-rebound effort, making him the first Dallas player in 24 years to start a season with three straight double-doubles. "He's just been sensational," coach Rick Carlisle told reporters of Jordan. "He's giving us a major presence on the inside. You add the personality and attitude that he brings to the game. On a night like tonight, you don't get over the top without it."

ABOUT THE HAWKS (1-2): Young had 11 assists and Atlanta recorded 32 of them on their 48 baskets in the 133-111 win over the Cavaliers, the Hawks' best scoring output since Dec. 2, 2009. Bazemore finished with 23 points and made 4-of-8 3-pointers just two days after being held to three points without a single 3-point try in a loss at Memphis. Rookie Omari Spellman had a breakout game with 17 points in 24 minutes off the bench after playing just eight total minutes through his first two games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Mavericks SF Harrison Barnes (hamstring) is expected to miss his fourth straight game to begin the season.

2. Atlanta SF DeAndre' Bembry hit 8-of-14 3-pointers over his last five games, including the preseason.

3. The Mavericks entered Tuesday leading the NBA in 3-point attempts per game (43.3) while Atlanta ranked fourth (37.7).

PREDICTION: Hawks 116, Mavericks 114
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Dallas 2-1 W2 2-0 0-1 0-0 2-1 0-0 1-1
Atlanta 1-2 W1 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-2 0-0 1-1
Last Meeting
Dallas Atlanta
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/23/17 DAL 107 ATL 112 107 30 50.6 112 38 56.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dallas H. Barnes 22 47.6 2
Atlanta D. Schroder 33 56.5 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dallas D. Nowitzki 6 1 5
Atlanta E. Ilyasova 7 1 6
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Barea 12
Atlanta D. Schroder 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Dallas L. Doncic 99 43.0 17
Atlanta T. Young 144 42.1 21
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Dallas D. Jordan 50 17 33
Atlanta A. Len 45 13 32
Assists Player  
Dallas J. Barea 40
Atlanta T. Young 52
Quickchart Matchup
Dallas Dallas Off vs  Atlanta Atlanta Defense
Dallas Off vs Atlanta - Points For 118.3 Points For
Dallas Off vs Atlanta - Points Against 122.7 Points Against
Dallas - FG% 45.5 FG%
Atlanta - FG% 48.4 FG%
Dallas - Reb 40.3 Reb
Atlanta - Reb 45.3 Reb
Atlanta Atlanta Off vs  Dallas Dallas Defense
Atlanta Off vs Dallas - Points For 119.0 Points For
Atlanta Off vs Dallas - Points Against 122.0 Points Against
Atlanta - FG% 48.0 FG%
Dallas - FG% 52.7 FG%
Atlanta - Reb 43.0 Reb
Dallas - Reb 37.0 Reb