Mavericks Vs. Hawks Preseason Game Thread: Atlanta takes on Dallas without the injured Dirk Nowitzki

Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE

The Atlanta Hawks will close out the home portion of their preseason slate Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks.

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2012/2013 NBA Preseason Game No. 6
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
7:00 p.m. ET
No TV, 680 The Fan
Probable Starters
Darren Collison PG Devin Harris
O.J. Mayo SG Kyle Korver
Jae Crowder SF Anthony Tolliver
Shawn Marion PF Josh Smith
Elton Brand C Al Horford

Hawks Injury Report: Jeff Teague suffered a sprained ankle in Thursday's win over the New Orleans Hornets. He was to be re-evaluated on Friday but there have been no reports as of yet to the severity of the injury but he will not play on Saturday. Zaza Pachulia also suffered an ankle injury against the Hornets and is out for Saturday. John Jenkins sat out Thursday with a hand contusion and could miss Saturday's game as well. DeShawn Stevenson returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing three straight with a sore knee.

Mavericks Injury Report: Dirk Nowitzki is out for the next six weeks after knee surgery. Chris Kamen will miss Saturday's game with a strained calf. Rodrigue Beaubois is due to return to action at anytime for the Mavericks.

Player(s) to watch: Larry Drew - Although the Teague injury may alter the plan just a bit, Drew should play these last two preseason games much closer to how we will see things in the regular season. Its a pretty safe bet at this point that barring injury Teague and Devin Harris will join Josh Smith and Al Horford in the starting lineup. DeShawn Stevenson could start at small forward or Drew could go in another direction and start Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow, Damion James or maybe even Anthony Tolliver. That spot certainly isn't settled as of yet.

Roster Watch: Two preseason games remaining and it still looks like three players competing for two final roster spots. Damion James didn't play against the Hornets but his body of work in the first four preseason games still has him looking like a leader for one of the spots. Anthony Tolliver has played well of late and has seen duty at both the power forward position as well as small forward. His performance of late may actually have him in front of James now that he has shown he can get some minutes on the wing. At this point, James Anderson looks like the odd man out.

Additional SB Nation Coverage: SB Nation Atlanta, Mavs Moneyball, SB Nation Dallas

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