Mavs and Stars Prep for Big Games This Weekend

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DALLAS -- So... the Cowboys didn't make a lot of noise when NFL free agency opened Wednesday, but that doesn't mean it's a quiet week in DFW sports.  Both the Mavericks and the Stars have some big games coming up.

The Mavs practiced behind closed doors Thursday, prepping for a visit from Indiana Saturday afternoon.

"My point to them was how close we are to winning," said coach Rick Carlisle. "And the little things we need to do to get over the top, to get there."

A win against the Pacers would snap a four-game losing streak and help the Mavs stay on pace for a playoff spot.

"We just gotta stick together," said Chandler Parsons. "Just continue to work and, you know, play better."

Meanwhile, it was team picture day for the Stars who are tied for first in the Western Conference.  They're battling it out with the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues.  And both teams just so happen to be visiting Dallas -- Friday and Saturday, respectively.

"I mean it is more than just a game, both Friday and Saturday night," said center Tyler Seguin. "It's the perfect test for us at almost a perfect time."

Center Jason Spezza agreed, "It's good timing, it'll give us that kind of playoff-feel-type games, and that's what we wanna try to have."

Yeah, it's  gonna be a big weekend for players on both teams.

And with the AAC hosting hockey Friday night, basketball Saturday afternoon, and hockey again Saturday night, the arena crew is in for a busy weekend too!