The Dallas Mavericks look to avenge a late-game meltdown at home versus the New York Knicks. Narratives aside, the two teams make for a rather dynamic game night.
The Dallas Mavericks suffered their worst loss of the season on Nov. 8. New York Knicks fans have relished in their 106-102 win over the Mavs since last Friday evening. Aside from stealing a victory on the road, the Knicks enabled the perception they won a short-term narrative battle.
However, in true Knicks fashion, that was a short-lived celebration, and the team is back to crumbling in the public eye. It makes Thursday’s rematch between the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks must-watch television.
In light of the press conference held by Knicks team president Steve Mills, the duration of the season teeters on cracked ice. In contrast, the future is quite bright in Dallas. Two young stars have that impact on a franchise. This isn’t to say the rematch is indicative of job security, but it’s another step to shattering the ice beneath the Knicks coaching staff’s feet.
TNT is broadcasting the rematch. Therefore, the “Kristaps Porzingis back in New York” angle will be heavily played on national TV. The spotlight is on both teams, especially after the downright putrid shooting night Porzingis showcased versus the Boston Celtics on Monday night.
Furthermore, if Dallas is genuinely thriving for a playoff berth, losing the season series to the New York Knicks deserve scrutiny.
Here is a look at what fans need to know and should be watching for in tonight’s battle between the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.