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Mavericks in top ten in national TV ratings: How high can Dallas climb?

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Dwight Powell Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Dwight Powell Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks got off to a shaky start as the team struggled with injuries and COVID issues. Superstar Luka Doncic is working his way back into the MVP race as the Mavs have won six of their last seven. They are planning on a strong second half to put them firmly into the playoffs.

The slow start likely impacted the Mavericks television rating, but no fan wants to miss a game after Doncic’s heroics against the Celtics. Where does Dallas rank in the ratings? Should fans expect them to continue climbing?

The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss broke down the national television ratings and produced a top ten (subscription required). He eliminated selected games to ensure fairness. Here is a look at where the Mavs landed and what to expect in the second half.

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Dallas Mavericks in top ten in national TV ratings: How high can they climb?

The Mavs were eighth in Strauss’ rankings. They finished just behind the Pelicans, but fans should expect that to improve. Luka Doncic is making an MVP push. Dallas has two straight games on national television. They also have 14 contests in the second half featured with the larger audience.

Their ratings should improve because the Mavericks face each of the top five teams in the ratings on national television during the second half of the season. Not only will interest improve as Dallas climbs up the standings, but the opponents will help.

How high can the Dallas Mavericks climb? The Pelicans and Sixers were both within striking distance, but it will difficult for them to jump into the top five.

Still, the Mavs are gaining popularity and ratings. Having a young superstar in Luka Doncic helps, but the team’s exciting future puts a cherry on the sundae. Expect the Mavericks to keep climbing these ratings in the years to come.

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