The Dallas Mavericks had the second hardest schedule based on opponents’ current records before the All-Star break. Considering the injuries and health and safety protocol absences that they faced, sitting at 18-16 and just 2.5 games behind the fifth seed in the Western Conference is a miracle.
Dallas is on the upswing, having won nine of their last 11 games. Since the team has fully returned from the COVID restrictions, they have won ten of 14. Things should continue to look up as Kristaps Porzingis returned from injury for the February 27th win over a shorthanded Brooklyn Nets squad.
The Mavericks have officially gotten through the worst part of their schedule. Their remaining strength of schedule is the second-easiest in the league, according to Tankathon. Barring any rust following the short All-Star break, Dallas should be able to take advantage of their weaker competition and secure a top-eight seed in the West.
5 must-see Dallas Mavericks game after the All-Star break
The rest of the season is not without its challenges, however. With the shortened schedule, teams came in expecting to play a tighter, more fast-paced slate. The Mavericks, however, are facing a ludicrous ten back-to-back sets in just 62 days.
Towards the end of the league year, many teams in a normal season would either be coasting in preparation for the postseason or tanking for the draft lottery. This year, with a play-in tournament including the seven to ten seeds in each conference and a logjam for the middle-tier teams, Dallas shouldn’t be expecting any free wins heading into the playoffs.
Here are five of the most important games for the Dallas Mavericks in the second half of their season.
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