Brandan Wright starts instead of Eddy Curry

LOS ANGELES -- Brandan Wright will make his first start as a Maverick.

All he has to do is bang against All-NBA big man Dwight Howard.

It was widely anticipated that Eddy Curry would start the opener less than a week after the Mavs claimed him off of waivers. However, coach Rick Carlisle opted to bring Curry off the bench.

Elton Brand will start alongside Wright. It's likely that Brand will defend Howard for significant stretches.