When: 6:30 p.m. Monday Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas Spotlight on Dennis Smith: In a dynamite rookie class, Smith sometimes gets overlooked because he plays for the worst team in the Western Conference. But the point guard out of North Carolina State is already garnering rare effusive praise from coach Rick Carlisle for his decision-making, efficient shot selection and defense. Smith entered Sunday’s games ranked fifth among rookies in scoring (14.2 points per game) and third in assists (4.2 per game) while also contributing 3.9 rebounds per game. Notebook Nuggets: This matchup kicks off a six-game road trip for Denver, its second-longest of the season. The Nuggets are 3-7 away from home with its losses by an average of 18.1 points. … Nikola Jokic (sprained ankle) is likely to miss the contest. Mason Plumlee started in place of Jokic in Saturday’s win against the Lakers and contributed 12 points, six rebounds and six assists in a season-high 31 minutes. … After swiping four steals against the Lakers, Gary Harris ranks fifth in the NBA in steals at 1.9 per game. He is also averaging 16.9 points over his last nine games. … Trey Lyles is coming off a season-high 18 points against the Lakers and is averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in the seven games since entering the rotation following Paul Millsap’s injury. … Denver entered Sunday ranked second in the NBA in offensive rebounds (12 per game) and first in second-chance points (15.8 per game). … The Nuggets entered Sunday ranked last in opponent points off turnovers (20.7 per game) and 28th in opponent field-goal percentage (47.6). … Starting small forward Wilson Chandler has missed four of Denver’s past six games with lower back pain. Mavericks: They entered Sunday with the worst record in the Western Conference at 6-17. But Dallas has won four of its last seven games, including a 108-82 drubbing of the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday. … That victory over the Clippers was Carlisle’s 700th, making him the NBA’s third active coach to reach that milestones (joining San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and the Clippers’ Doc Rivers). … Future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per