Dirk Nowitzki will not play tonight at 6 when the Dallas Mavericks face the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.

Nowitzki, 35, isn''t injured. The Mavs are just doing what a lot of teams do around the league with their elderly players -- they're simply resting him as a precaution.

Jae Crowder will start in Nowitzki's place tonight.