After a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks will try to rebound in the Big Easy as they start a 5-game road trip.
The Mavericks looked very good on Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dallas even had a relatively commanding lead heading into the final minutes of the game. With 3:30 left in the 4th quarter, the Mavericks held a 13-point lead over Westbrook’s Thunder. However, the Thunder were able to go on a 14-0 run to end the game and defeat the Mavs by a score of 92-91.
Although the Mavericks lost, there was still some solid play from the Dallas players. Devin Harris put 12 points and had a plus/minus of +23. Also, Nerlens Noel put up one of his best all-around games of the season with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 steals.
It was nice to see everyone on the Mavericks making plays, but, after that loss, the Mavs currently sit at 4.5 games behind Portland for the final playoff spot. With only 9 games left in the season, a postseason appearance is not looking likely for the Mavericks, who have lost the most games this season since the 1999-2000 season.
But, we still have 9 games left to look for potential silver linings going into next season. Tonight, the Mavericks begin a 5-game road trip with a trip to New Orleans to face Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and the rest of the Pelicans.
Not So Big Easy
After the Pelicans acquired DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings, there were a lot of people who were saying that the Pelicans were going to make a run for the playoffs. However, the superstar duo has not seemed to hit their stride, yet. Since Cousins put on the NOLA jersey, the Pelicans have only gone 7-9, including a loss to the Mavericks.
In that game against the Mavericks, Anthony Davis was able to put up 39 points. But, a balanced Dallas offense had 5 players in double digits, led by 19-points by Harrison Barnes.
Both teams are in pretty identical situations. The Mavericks currently sit at 31-42, while New Orleans has a record of 31-43. Technically, these teams have playoff hopes. So, this game does mean a lot as the season comes to an end.
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