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Previewing the Critical Week Ahead for the Dallas Mavericks

By Jay Knodell
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Mar 24, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons (25), forward Al-Farouq Aminu (7), and forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrate during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks won 101-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have three, tough, games ahead of them this week.

They start things off by traveling to Oklahoma City for a matchup with Russell Westbrook and the Thunder on Wednesday, follow it up by hosting the division rival Houston Rockets on Thursday, and then wrap things up with a date against the league leading Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

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Monta Ellis had his consecutive games played streak snapped at 237 when he missed Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers with a calf injury, and it’s unclear when we can expect the team’s leading scorer to make his return. It’d be rough sledding even with Ellis in the lineup, but without him Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons will really have to step up their games to pick up the slack.

We’re breaking down each matchup and what it means for the Mavericks as they look to get healthy and build some momentum in the final stretch of the regular season.

Next: April 1st: Oklahoma City Thunder