The Dallas Mavericks end their four game road trip in Brooklyn where they hope to head home on a good note after an ugly loss in Philly.
The Dallas Mavericks just can’t seem to find any consistency lately. Since their 105-96 victory against the Brooklyn Nets on March 10, the Mavs have gone 1-3 and currently sit at 29-39 in the Western Conference.
If the playoffs are still their goal, change needs to come soon, starting today in Brooklyn.
Dallas is coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, a 116-74 slice of humble pie served by former Maverick Justin Anderson and the Philadelphia 76ers (25-43).
Considering the fact that Dallas was able to pull out an impressive win against a playoff-bound Washington Wizards (42-27) team two nights before, it’s clear that anything can happen with these Mavs.
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If their last matchup is any indicator, we can assume that today’s game against the Nets won’t be smooth sailing. If you can recall, that game wasn’t decided until well into the final quarter. The Mavs will need to do a much better job at containing Isaiah Whitehead and Jeremy Lin today. The pair accounted for 42 of the Nets’ 96 points on 12-21 shooting.
Wesley Matthews was limited to three points in 24 minutes of action on 1-8 shooting in Friday’s loss in Philly. For Matthews, it was his first game back after suffering a right calf strain against Toronto on March 13.
The Mavs are hoping today can be a bounce-back game for Matthews who is the team’s best perimeter defender.
Knowing what the Nets are capable of, look for Dallas to take a commanding lead and avoid a back-and-forth duel. You can watch today’s game at 12:00 PM EST on FSSW and YES Network.