Odds and ends before playing two in L.A.

After a day of R & R in Phoenix on Monday and a practice in the desert today, the Dallas Mavericks will take their four-game winning streak to Los Angeles for the second set of three consecutive back-to-backs on this season-long, six game road trip.

The Los Angeles Clippers are up first Wednesday night before Thursday's Battle Royale against the Los Angeles Lakers (53-20). An L.A. win would give it a firm grip on the No. 2 seed, while a Mavs victory earns a regular-season series win and gives Dallas a fighter's chance to re-claim the all-important No. 2 seed (the Lakers will own the tiebreaker by virtue of being a division winner, assuming the Mavs don't catch the suddenly injury-ravaged San Antonio Spurs).

Of course, the Spurs' untimely injury luck has suddenly cracked the door open for the Lakers -- if not the Mavs, too -- to make a run at the top seed.

With that, here's some odds and ends after Dallas took the first two games of the road trip:

*The Mavs scored 42 more points from 3-point range than the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns combined. Dallas was 8-of-19 from beyond the arc in Utah and 10-of-26 in Phoenix. Meanwhile, the Jazz hit just 3-of-12 and the Suns, fourth in the NBA in 3-point percentage (38.2), went 1-of-16.

*Dirk Nowitzki extended his consecutive made free throw streak to 74, going 11-of-11 over the weekend. Despite a tough two games from the field (11-of-31), Nowitzki remains on track to shoot better than 50 percent for the second time in his career. He's at 52.3 percent. His pursuit of the exclusive 50-40-90 club is gaining steam thanks to his run at the free throw line, where he's now at 89.4 percent. Nowitzki is shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point range.

*Peja Stojakovic was in a 3-of-19 funk from 3-point range before missing six games with a stiff neck. In his four games back he is 11-of-21. However, after taking 16 3-pointers in his first two games back and combining for 33 points, he's taken just five in the last two games, making two and combining for 10 points.

*Tyson Chandler tied a season-high with 18 rebounds Sunday. He's recorded double-digit rebounds in three of the last four games and has 52 boards in those four games -- 15 on the offensive glass.

*The Mavs will go into Thursday's game against the Lakers with a 13-4 record on the second night of a back-to-back.

*The Mavs grabbed 16 0ffensive rebounds for the fourth time this season Sunday against the Suns, one shy of their season-high of 17 on March 10 against the New York Knicks. In that game, Dallas converted the extra chances into 30 points, but they got just nine on Sunday.

*Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler and Jason Terry all scored 16 points to lead the Mavs against the Suns. It marked just the second time this season that Kidd and Chandler led the team in scoring.

*Dallas held the Jazz to 34 points in the second half and the Suns to 30 second-half points.

*The Mavs are 2-0 against the Clippers this season, winning by 16 in L.A. on Oct. 31 and by seven in Dallas on Jan. 25.

The Final Nine:

Wed @ Clippers

Thur @ Lakers

Sat @ Warriors

Sun @ Trail Blazers

Apr 6 vs. Nuggets

Apr 8 vs. Clippers

Apr 10 vs. Suns

Apr 11 @ Rockets

Apr 13 vs. Hornets