Setting the Table: Charlotte Bobcats (Game 7)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 10, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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Guess who the Mavericks get to see again? The Dallas Mavericks (4-2) get to see the Charlotte Bobcats (1-3) one more time. The matchup in Charlotte on 11/10/12 will be the final meeting between the Mavericks and the Bobcats in 2012-13. Both Dallas and Charlotte will be on the second night of a back-to-back. The Mavericks are 1-1 in the first half of a back-to-back and 0-1 in the second half of a back-to-back this season. The Mavericks have 16 back-to-backs in 2012-13, with only one stretch of four games in five nights. In total, 10 back-to-backs are on the road, three begin at home and conclude on the road and three are road-to-home. Dallas played 22 back-to-backs in 2011-12, going 7-15 in the first half and 13-9 in the second half of those back-to-backs.

Here are some notes for the matchup against the Bobcats.

Series Notes:

The Mavericks have gone undefeated (16-0) against the Bobcats in the regular season since the franchise expanded into the league in 2004. It’s the Mavericks’ longest active winning streak against any team. Dallas is the only team with a perfect record against the Bobcats. What’s more, no other team has recorded 10 consecutive wins against the Bobcats (Indiana won nine straight against Charlotte from 12/16/09-2/22/12 and Milwaukee won its first nine meetings with the Bobcats from 11/10/04-3/17/07). The Mavericks’ average margin of victory in the 16 wins over the Bobcats is 11.1 points. The Bobcats have never cracked the century mark against the Mavericks (Charlotte scored 99 points in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs on 1/21/05 and 99 in the most recent meeting between the two teams on 11/3/12). The Mavericks are averaging 101.1 points per game in the all-time series, while the Bobcats are averaging 90.0 points per contest.

The Mavericks will face the Bobcats three times in a span of 16 days this year (including the preseason). The Mavericks defeated Charlotte 99-82 in their final preseason game on 10/26/12 and 126-99 in their regular-season home opener on 11/3/12. The Mavericks played (and defeated) Charlotte in their home opener for the second time in the last three years (defeated Charlotte 101-86 to begin the 2010-11 season on 10/27/10). Dallas exploded for 126 points on 61.3 percent (49-of-80) shooting in the win over Charlotte on 11/3/12. It was the highest percentage the Mavericks shot in a game since 11/25/09 at Houston (shot .655, 55-of-84). Dallas outshot Charlotte 64 percent (16-of-25) to 17.6 percent (3-of-17) from deep, led by O.J. Mayo’s 7-for-10 (.700) clip. Mayo scored a game-high 30 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. Darren Collison recorded his first double-double of the season with 18 points and a game-high 10 assists in 32 minutes. Vince Carter (18), Chris Kaman (16) and Jae Crowder (10) combined for 44 points off the Mavericks’ bench. In total, six players scored in double figures for Dallas in the win.

It’s a Small World:

Bobcats center Brendan Haywood played in 154 games (started 81) for the Mavericks over the course of two-and-a-half seasons from 2010-12, averaging 5.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Haywood was a member of the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA championship team. Bobcats guard Matt Carroll played for the Mavericks from 2009-10 and averaged 1.5 points and 5.7 minutes in 46 games with the club. Mavericks guard Vince Carter (1995-98) and Mavericks big man Brandan Wright (2006-07) played collegiately at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.). Wright was originally drafted by Charlotte with the eighth overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, but had his draft rights traded to Golden State for Jason Richardson and the draft rights to Jermareo Davidson. Mavericks forward Elton Brand (1997-99) and Mavericks guard Dahntay Jones (2001-03) played collegiately at Duke in Durham, N.C..Bobcats center DeSagana Diop played for the Mavericks on two separate occasions: from 2005-08 and again in 2008-09. He averaged 2.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 17.5 minutes in 248 games (72 starts) with Dallas.

Bobcats center Byron Mullens was originally drafted by the Mavericks with the 24th overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft but had his draft rights traded to Oklahoma City for Rodrigue Beaubois (25th overall pick) and a future second-round draft choice. Mavericks assistant coach Darrell Armstrong is a native of Gastonia, N.C., and played his college ball at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C.. Mavericks forward Troy Murphy and Bobcats guard Ramon Sessions were teammates on the L.A. Lakers for part of the 2011-12 season.

Three Keys:

1. Avoid a third quarter letdown. Dallas has been outscored 66-34, shot 13-of-43 (29.5%) from the field with 12 turnovers in the third quarters of their two losses this season (both games on the road). With a team that is relatively young and still trying to find their way, they can’t let the momentum they build in the first half go to waste with a sluggish third quarter.

2. Avoid letting Charlotte get free points. In Dallas’ two losses, Utah and New York had 42 and 38 free throws attempted, respectively. Those attempts offset the fact Dallas held both opponents to less than 43 percent shooting from the field. Dallas is third in the entire league with personal fouls (146). They’re averaging 24.3 fouls/game. That’s got to be cut down in a hurry.

3. Avoid a disappointing loss. The trend is avoiding things. Charlotte is not a good team. That is a given with the dominance Dallas has had over them. It’s a simple case of Dallas needing to take care of business. Even depleted, Charlotte is the inferior squad. Get the road split and head back home.

Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.