Price per Head Sportsbooks: Carlisle and Nowitzki out with undisclosed illness

Rick CarlislePrice per head sportsbooks and fans of the Dallas Mavericks were concerned when they found out that due to an undisclosed illness, coach Rick Carlisle and forward Dirk Nowitzki missed their 106-93 home win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Nowitzki and Carlisle were both not present at the Mackericks’ morning shootaround.

Pay per head services saw that against the Bucks, Carlisle was replaced by Monte Mathis, who is serving as the team’s defensive coordinator. Mathis also took Carlisle’s place after he was ejected from a game on November 23 against the Denver Nuggets.

“I talked to him once coming into the arena, but I didn’t talk to him before shootaround,” Mathis said of Carlisle. “We talked about minutes for different guys and how we want to do substitutions. He pretty much said to go by feel and go with your gut.”

It happens to be the first game missed by Carlisle since December 27, 2010, when assistant Dwane Casey coached Dallas past the Oklahoma City Thunder a day after Carlisle received arthroscopic knee surgery, and Nowitzki did not miss a game all season, so price per head sportsbooks and the team’s fans have solid reasons to be concerned.

The player sat out for the first 27 games last season while he was recovering from arthroscopic right knee surgery, and later he missed two games due to a right adductor strain. Price per head sportsbooks remember that last season, the Mavericks went 13-16 in the lineup without Nowitzki, and he is now 38-37 all time when he doesn’t play.

“Everybody has got to step up in different areas,” Mathis said. “Nobody can go out of their game to do well. … Everyone has to come together as a unit.”

The Mavericks did get back center/forward Brandan Wright, who was active for the first time since October 8, when he suffered a non-displaced left shoulder fracture. The player had 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting in 19 minutes.

“He’s going to have to step up,” Mathis said before the game. “There’s not necessarily a particular minutes limit. We know a little bit of how much we want to play him. He’s not going to play the whole game, but it’ll be a good pick me up for the team.”

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Second-year swingman Jae Crowder started at small forward, and Shawn Marion started at power forward.