It's not just to avoid a three-game losing streak for the first time this season, the Mavericks have much more at stake against the Jazz.
The winner of this game will win the abbreviated season series 2-1.
That could go a long way if the teams end up tied at the end of the season, especially if they both are non-division winners. If they finished second in their divisions, for instance, the winner of the season series would get the higher seed. That could make the difference between home court.