Dirk Nowitzki is in; Chris Paul is out

LOS ANGELES -- Dirk Nowitzki finished up his usual pre-game workout and will play tonight while battling a cold. On the other side, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will sit out his third consecutive game with a hamstring injury.

Guard Mo Williams will return to the lineup tonight and will likely start in the backcourt with Chauncey Billups.

The Clippers are playing their third game in as many nights and are coming off a blowout loss at Utah on Tuesday night. The Mavs had Tuesday off after suffering a disappointing loss to the Lakers on Monday night. Derek Fisher hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with three seconds to play.