Are the Dallas Mavericks too reliant on 3-point shots?
Threes are up across the league and continue to rise. Teams are prioritizing shots at the rim and beyond the line. The Utah Jazz have the best record in the NBA and are attempting the most 3-pointers per game. Taking threes does not equate to wins, though. Only five of the top ten teams in 3-point attempts are in the top six in their conference. Three others are lottery-bound.
The Mavs have won five of the seven games where they attempted 30 or fewer 3-pointers. Dallas is also 11-3 when taking 43 or more triples. The number of threes does not matter. The Mavs need to get quality shots and hit their jumpers.
Dallas has their most success when they are sharing the ball. When they have 30-plus assists, the Mavericks have won six of the seven games. That record stands at 20-5 when they dish out 25 or more dimes. Quality shots and sharing the ball are a recipe for success.
They have hit 36.7 percent on their 2,344 3-pointers with the defender at least four feet as classified by NBA Stats. The Mavs make just 30.6 percent when they are covered. Creating open threes and connecting will be massive in the playoffs. Can the Mavs survive if they are not shooting well?
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