Dallas Mavericks must-see game: May 6th vs. Brooklyn Nets
It seems like a lifetime ago, but just last season, Luka and the Mavericks posted the most efficient offense in NBA history. So far this season, their attack has been inconsistent at best.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what has led to the fluctuation in offensive efficiency, aside from injury, COVID, and lack of chemistry and continuity within the roster. In their current upswing, the Mavericks have looked better on both ends of the court.
The biggest difference has been their 3-point marksmanship. The Mavs’ shooters seem to be progressing to the mean, and the team as a whole has climbed from last in 3-point percentage to 22nd. Having all their main players available has also been instrumental in building an offensive system and the ball has been flying around the court for the Mavs lately.
While the Mavericks are trying to return to their historically efficient attack, another top-tier offense is brewing on the East coast. Brooklyn has been an inferno since acquiring James Harden from the Rockets.
Despite being without future Hall of Famer Kevin Durant, the Nets have won nine of their last ten games behind the offensive brilliance of Harden and Kyrie Irving. By May, that superstar backcourt should have KD back and a full arsenal of ways to bombard the Mavs defense.
Dallas, like most teams in the league, has yet to play the new-look Nets at full strength. In their one matchup thus far, the Mavs took care of business against a short-handed Brooklyn squad and “contained” lone superstar Harden to a “meager” 29 points.
This matchup should be the ultimate test of the Mavericks defensive capabilities. It will be the last primetime game of the regular season for Dallas, barring any flexes before the May 16th finale.
Both of these teams have a lot to prove and no matter the result, this will be a must-see matchup between two of the most exciting offenses in the league. It’s hard to predict a Dallas Mavericks win in this one, but it will be a safe bet to pick the over in this future barnburner.