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Nowitzki won't take the court Thursday at Sacramento in order to rest, the Mavericks' official site reports.

Nowitzki will take a seat in the back end of the Mavericks' current back-to-back set, which is in the middle of four games in six nights this week. His replacement in the starting five hasn't been released, but when he previously missed a game for purposes of rest on Jan. 14, Richard Jefferson manned power forward in Nowitzki's place.

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Nowitzki scored 15 points Wednesday in a loss to the Warriors. He added three rebounds and two assists but struggled with his shot, finishing 4-of-15 from the field.

Nowitzki has shot just 39 percent from the field over Dallas' last five outings. He is now shooting 46 percent for the season.

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Nowitzki scored 16 points Monday on 7-of-10 shooting, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc. He added seven rebounds and two assists in the win over Minnesota.

Nowitzki has been quiet as of late, averaging just 12.8 points in Dallas' last five outings. On the plus side, his scoring efficiency was back on Monday after a few rough shooting performances.

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Nowitzki scored 12 points on 4-of-16 shooting Friday. He chipped in six rebounds and four assists in the win over the Heat.

Nowitzki's shooting slump extended to four straight. His performance Friday was the worst during that stretch and he is now shooting 36 percent from the field in Dallas' last four outings.

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Nowitzki scored 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting Wednesday. He added five rebounds and one assist in the loss to the Rockets.

Normally an efficient scoring option, Nowitzki has struggled with his shot in three straight outings, shooting 40 percent from the floor over that span.

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Nowitzki scored 11 points Tuesday on 5-of-12 shooting. He added five rebounds and four assists in the loss to Memphis.

Nowitzki failed to connect on a three-pointer for the first time since January 7. He will look to bounce back Wednesday against the Rockets.

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Nowitzki scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting Wednesday in a win over Minnesota. He narrowly missed a double-double, collecting nine rebounds.

Nowitzki appears to have emerged from his recent shooting slump and has connected on multiple three-point attempts in three straight games.

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Nowitzki scored 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting Monday. He added six rebounds in the win over the Grizzlies.

Nowitzki has looked refreshed since talking a one-game hiatus to rest. He's scoring over 20 points in the two outings since and connected on 6-of-9 shots from behind the arc.

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Nowitzki returned after resting for Wednesday's game, scoring 25 points (8-18 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT) and finishing the game with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 30 minutes.

Nowitzki's four threes were the most he's made in a game since Nov. 7. He has only rested a few times this season, so owners shouldn't be worried about him being out consistently. While his minutes are slightly down from last season, Nowitzki is such an efficient shooter he's able to retain fantasy value even if he plays less than 30 minutes in any game.

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Nowitzki (rest) will start against the Nuggets on Friday, the Star-Telegram reports.

Nowitzki was rested Wednesday but will get back on the court Friday. He should be deployed as usual moving forward since he only sat out to rest Wednesday.