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MAVERICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller (left orbital bone fracture) is in uniform for the first time since being injured on Nov. 5 at the Clippers. The rookie from North Carolina was elbowed in the face by Los Angeles center DeAndre Jordan, suffering a concussion that caused him to miss Cleveland’s last four games. “Tyler coming back will shore up our bench, but I’m just hoping this injury doesn’t set him back because he was playing well,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. Zeller was fitted with a protective face mask and will wear it for the forseeable future.
  • Mavericks small forward Shawn Marion will make his second straight start after sitting out five games with a sprained left medial collateral ligament. Marion had two points and seven rebounds Friday at Indiana, where Dallas was blown out 103-83. “We’ve just got to flush (that game) and get ready for tonight,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, whose squad is 1-4 since Nov. 9 and has slipped to .500 on the season.
  • The remainder of Dallas’ lineup is center Chris Kaman, power forward Elton Brand, shooting guard O.J. Mayo, and point guard Darren Collison. Cleveland will start point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Anderson Varejao.
  • The Cavaliers return home after going 1-5 on their season-long, 11-day road trip. Scott said he will continue using a nine-man rotation, but would not reveal which four players will come off the bench against the Mavericks. “We’re going to change it a tad tonight,” the coach said. “I’m patient, but I’m not patient. Stay tuned.”
  • Dallas’ inactives were power forward Dirk Nowitzki (right knee surgery) and guard Jared Cunningham. Cleveland did not dress power forward Luke Harangody (right knee surgery) and power forward Jon Leuer. Harangody underwent an arthroscopic procedure Friday and is expected to be sidelined until late December.

– Brian Dulik

MAVERICKS AT CAVALIERS, 7:30 P.M. ET

TV: League Pass

  • Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd (right calf strain) will miss his fifth straight contest and is not with the team. The 10-time NBA All-Star was injured Jan. 27 against Utah, but could rejoin Dallas for its next game Wednesday in Denver. “I don’t know where he’s at (physically),” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “That’s a question for next week.” Delonte West was a late addition to the starting lineup in Kidd’s place.
  • Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (left ankle sprain), and shooting guards Anthony Parker (lower back strain) and Daniel Gibson (soft tissue infection in neck) are all inactive. Cleveland coach Byron Scott said Gibson will undergo further testing before returning to practice. Rookie Mychel Thompson will fill Parker’s spot in the starting lineup for the third game in a row.
  • West is back at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since the Cavaliers traded him to Minnesota following the 2010 NBA playoffs. West played in 188 games over three seasons in Cleveland and received a warm reaction from the crowd before the game. “Man, it feels wonderful to be back,” he said. “I don’t even consider them fans, I consider them family. The way they welcomed me tonight, that speaks to what Cleveland sports are all about.”
  • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is spending the evening in Indianapolis, hosting a Super Bowl XLVI pre-party.
  • Dallas has only lost its season series with the Cavaliers twice in the last 13 seasons, a span that coincides with the NBA career of Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki.

– Brian Dulik