Nowitzki (rest) gets night off vs. Raptors

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will not play against the Raptors, getting a precautionary night of rest.

It's only the second game the 16-year veteran has missed this season. He did not play in the Dec. 14 win over the Bucks because of an illness.

With Nowitzki out, Shawn Marion will slide to power forward in the starting lineup with Jae Crowder at small forward.

The 35-year-old Nowitzki is averaging 21.1 points per game.