The Dallas Mavericks host the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 18. Although they continue a deep-rooted rivalry, there may have been a changing of the guard.
The Dallas Mavericks return to action on Monday night. It is a battle of two Texas rivals as the San Antonio Spurs visit Dallas. The Mavs are looking to make it two straight wins by picking up a victory over their rival.
Both franchises are rich in history, albeit one more prestigious than the other. The contest consists of two Hall of Fame quality coaches in Rick Carlisle and Gregg Popovich. However, unlike previous years, only Dallas features a superstar on their roster. It’s been years in the making, but the franchise momentum may have shifted.
For three decades, the Spurs defined excellence in the NBA. Meanwhile, the Mavericks floundered to find similar success after winning its sole championship in 2011. In that time, the Spurs reached the Western Conference Finals four times, the NBA Finals twice, with one of the appearances a success against the LeBron James led Big 3 Miami Heat.
Thanks to the early MVP of a season performance Luka Doncic is currently showcasing, the Mavs have moved up to be the second-best team in Texas.
Despite the Spurs finishing on the short end of the Kawhi trade, last season, the consistently successful franchise ran its playoff appearance streak of 22 consecutive. However, at least early on, the tide is changing for both franchises.
Here is an in-depth look at Monday’s showdown between the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs to get fans prepared to enjoy the contest.