Why the Dallas Mavericks were big winners in the Draymond Green suspension

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The Dallas Mavericks continue to have a great season, and they have battled extreme adversity over the last few weeks.

Even though they lost to the Denver Nuggets last night, Dallas has been winning games even though several of their main players have been injured. Josh Green, Maxi Kleber, Dereck Lively II, and Kyrie Irving are all battling injuries right now, but the Mavs are finding a way to consistently win in spite of that.

With there being so many injuries, the Mavs could look to the trade market to help bolster their frontcourt. There have been rumors that Dallas has shown interest in Isaiah Stewart, Bol Bol is also rumored to be available, and the Mavs were in trade rumors for him over the summer.

Why the Dallas Mavericks were big winners in the Draymond Green suspension

Either one of those players would help the Mavs' rotation, as they need some depth behind Dereck Lively II.

The Mavs have a tough stretch of games to close out 2023, as they play the Clippers, Suns, Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Warriors, but they landed a massive break for their December 30 matchup with the Warriors.

Draymond Green was suspended indefinitely by the NBA and is reportedly attending counseling for the next three weeks and stepping away from the team. This means that Green will not be playing against Dallas on December 30.

This is massive for the Mavericks because of Green's history against Dallas. He always seems to step his game up against Dallas, and the stats back it up. Green averages 9.7 points per game against the Mavs for his career, which is Green's fifth-highest scoring average against any team in the NBA.

Green is also a 40.4 3-point shooter against the Mavs, which is fourth-highest against any other team in the NBA. This is an extremely high number, as he is only a 31.7 percent 3-point shooter for his career.

Along with Green's good individual numbers against Dallas, the Warriors as a whole have done well with Green on the floor. The Warriors are 6-2 in their last eight games against Dallas that Green has played in and he is averaging 15 points per game against Dallas over his last four games.

Green clearly plays well in Dallas, and the Mavs are catching a major break with him being out for their next matchup.

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