5 things the Dallas Mavericks need to improve to get back on track

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Thing Dallas Mavericks must improve to get back on track: 2. 3-point shooting

The Mavs attempt 39.0 3-pointers per game, which is the fifth-most in the NBA, but they are shooting just 34.0 percent on the year. They are 20th in 3-point percentage. Over the last five games, their 3-point attempts are up, and the Mavs have connected on just 31.2 percent.

Dallas cannot win when they do not make their outside shots. They have too many catch-and-shoot options that are reliant on making their 3-pointers to produce anything on the offensive end of the floor.

The Mavericks' 3-point shooting is going to turn around. Dorian Finney-Smith has made 33.7 percent with Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, and Maxi Kleber all under 30 percent. They simply cannot shoot that poorly if they want to be a playoff team.

Per NBA Stats, the Mavs create the sixth-most wide-open 3-pointers per game, but they are 18th in percentage. Open threes are worse as Dallas creates the second-most, but sits 22nd in percentage. Open looks are not falling for the Mavericks right now, and they must shoot better if they want to get back into the top six in the Western Conference and avoid the play-in tournament.