The Dallas Mavericks have stunned plenty of people this season. Let’s take a look at five surprising stats and if they will continue after down the stretch.
The Dallas Mavericks have 33 wins at the All-Star break. That matches their total from last season. It has been a massive improvement that has them in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Do not forget that the Mavs have already played 55 games. Many view the All-Star break as the midway point of the season, but they only have 27 contests remaining. Dallas is 8.5 games ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers who currently sit ninth in the Western Conference. They are making the playoffs. The stretch run will be all about pushing for seeding.
The Mavericks could still get homecourt in the first round. They are only 3.5 games behind the Utah Jazz for fourth. Dallas would have to jump the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder too. It will be no easy task, but the Mavs are more than capable if they stay healthy.
With that said, few expected the Mavericks to be here. Most viewed them as a fringe playoff team that would fighting to gain a spot in the final days. It has taken quite a few surprises to reach this position. Luka Doncic taking the leap into All-Star starter and MVP candidate is just one of many.
Today, we will examine five surprising stats and the likelihood that they continue for the rest of the regular season.