Setting the Table: Phoenix Suns (Game 44)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 27, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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Before going out on a four-game road trip, the Dallas Mavericks (18-25) look to end their homestand on a good note as they take on the Phoenix Suns (15-29). The Suns come into town on the second night of a back-to-back as they suffered a 108-99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Suns led 88-86 with nine minutes to go in the game, but the Spurs closed the game out with 22-11 run to secure an eight-game winning streak.

With a challenging road trip on the horizon, Dallas needs to handle their business against an inferior Phoenix squad.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Suns.

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Setting the Table: San Antonio Spurs (Game 43)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 25, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (18-24) are well-rested and out for revenge as they take on the San Antonio Spurs (34-11). Dallas has been off since Jan. 20 when they defeated the Orlando Magic in Orlando. They are looking to avenge the two previous losses they’ve suffered at the hands of the Spurs this season. San Antonio is riding the league’s longest current winning streak at six games after defeating New Orleans 106-102. Dallas has won five of its last six games. The Mavericks have scored 100-plus points in each of their last six games and are averaging 110.7 points per game in that span.

The Spurs will be without the services of All-Star Tim Duncan and head coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich is ill and assistant Mike Budenholzer is filling in for him. Duncan is bothered by a sore left knee. The Mavericks have to be on alert as the Spurs have been known to beat them when they are short-handed.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Spurs.

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Setting the Table: Orlando Magic (Game 42)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 20, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (17-24) start the second half of the season with the lone trip to the Magic Kingdom as they take on the Orlando Magic (14-25). It’s a winnable game for the Mavericks, but they have to avoid a trap that is lingering in the background. After the game against Orlando, Dallas has four days off between games. I suppose Epcot Center is another trap, but I’m guessing the Mavericks are too old for that kind of tomfoolery.

The Mavericks begin the second half of year in Orlando 3.5 games out of last playoff spot. With their wins and the losses by Houston and Portland, Dallas has made up 3.5 games in one week. The playoff spot that seems well out of reach now can been seen. 41 games remain for the Mavericks and they must scratch and claw to do whatever it takes to get wins if they want to have a chance at getting in the tournament.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Magic.

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Setting the Table: Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 41)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 18, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (17-23) officially hit the midway point of their season as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-8). Streaks are on the line as the Thunder come in to town riding a five-game winning streak. The Mavericks will looking to extend their season-best winning streak to five games. During the four-game winning streak, Dallas is averaging 109.8 points per game. Dallas has scored 100-plus points in all four games. Oklahoma City comes in on the sec…oh, wait, Dallas will actually face an opponent who has had some time to rest.

The will put the Mavericks’ new-found momentum to the test as the Thunder come in with the league’s best record. Winners of five straight games, including three straight on the road, the Thunder heads back on the road for the first game of a season-long six game road swing. The Thunder became the first team in the NBA to capture 30 wins. A win against the Thunder could really take the Mavericks’ confidence meter to a whole new level. It should be an electric atmosphere.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Thunder.

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Setting the Table: Houston Rockets (Game 40)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 16, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (16-23) are looking for their first four-game winning streak of the year as they host the Houston Rockets (21-18). With the victory over the Timberwolves on Jan. 14, the Mavericks recorded their third consecutive win, which ties their season-best win-streak. They also won 3 straight: Nov. 3 vs. Charlotte through Nov. 7 vs. Toronto and Dec. 6 at Phoenix through Dec. 10 vs. Sacramento. During the three-game winning streak, Dallas is averaging 111.3 points per game on 49.8 percent shooting. The Mavericks will have their hands full as the Rockets stand first in the NBA in points per game at 105.5 points per game.

The Mavericks will look to take advantage of another team coming into town on the second night of a back-to-back. The Rockets come into town after suffering a 117-109 loss to the LA Clippers. Houston is currently on a four-game losing streak. If the Mavericks are serious about making this huge push to make it into the playoffs, this will be another game they have to get as the Rockets are a team they’ll have to leapfrog in order to get in to the playoffs.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Rockets.

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Setting the Table: Minnesota Timberwolves (Game 39)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 14, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (15-23) are looking to build their winning streak to three games as they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-17). The Timberwolves are coming into town on the second night of a back-to-back after suffering a 106-88 loss in San Antonio to the Spurs. Dallas is looking to build off their most impressive victory of the season as they manhandled a heavy-legged Memphis Grizzlies squad on Jan. 12. The Mavericks led by as many as 34 points in the fourth quarter against the Grizzlies. It was Dallas’ largest lead in any game this season, previous high was a 29-point lead vs. Charlotte on Nov. 3.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Timberwolves

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Setting the Table: Memphis Grizzlies (Game 38)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 12, 2013 under Previews | Read the First Comment

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Off their first overtime win in 11 tries, the Dallas Mavericks (14-23) finally head home to take on the Memphis Grizzlies (24-10). Dallas is looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since they won three in a row between Dec. 6 – Dec. 10, 2012. Expect a physical, grind-it-out type of game between the Mavericks and the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies will look to impose their will with their physical big men, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Memphis is second in the entire league in terms of points allowed, have the third slowest pace and they’re tied for second-best in terms of rebound differential.

Whether it’s a good thing or not, Memphis does come in on a the second night of a back-to-back after hard fought overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs at home. It remains to be seen if the Grizzles will have the legs to tackle another game as all five starters for Memphis played between 37 and 43 minutes against San Antonio.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Grizzlies.

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Setting the Table: Sacramento Kings (Game 37)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 10, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (13-23) complete their brutal 16 of 23 stretch of road games as they take on the Sacramento Kings (13-22). Dallas is 3-12 in those previous 15 road games and 6-26 overall on the road this season. The Kings are actually playing well at home as they have won four of their last five home games. In three of the four games, the Kings shot 50 percent or better from the field and 80 percent or better from the free throw line. Sacramento recorded more assists than their opponents in each of the four games, dishing out 25 or more assists in each contest. The Kings had leads of 15 or more points in each game. DeMarcus Cousins averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 2.0 steals in three home games (he did not see action in the December 23 game vs. Portland).

Dallas has lost 13 of their last 15 games. It’s time to turn things around before things take a major, major turn for the worse, which is possible.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Kings.

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Setting the Table: Los Angeles Clippers (Game 36)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 9, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The road trip continues to get worse for the Dallas Mavericks (13-22) as they head to STAPLES Center to take on the red hot Los Angeles Clippers (27-8). The Mavericks are trying to get out of a funk that has caused them to lose nine out of their last 10 games. You have to go all the way back to Dec. 1999 and Jan. 2000 to find a time where the Mavericks had a stretch where they lost nine of 10 games.

The pace should be rather fast as both teams are proficient in scoring in transition. Not only are the Clippers and Mavericks two of the top scoring teams in the NBA but both like to score their points on the break. The Clippers and Mavericks represent two of the top five teams in the NBA in fast break points. The Clippers rank fourth in the league with 17.62 fast-break points. The Mavericks rank fifth in the league with 16.68 fast-break points.

With the Clippers, it starts with trying to cut the head off the snake and that’s trying to contain Chris Paul. That won’t be an easy challenge for the Mavericks as Paul usually has his way with Dallas. Paul has played in 24 games against Dallas averaging 21.5 points, 8.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 36.2 minutes per game. His 21.5 points per game average against Dallas is the second highest against any opponent. Over his career against the Golden State Warriors, Paul has averaged 23.6 points per game.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Clippers.

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Setting the Table: Utah Jazz (Game 35)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 7, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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With the brutal overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets, the Dallas Mavericks (13-21) will play the Utah Jazz (17-18) in a game that they absolutely have to get. Dallas has suffered losses to some of the worst teams of the league and that has caused the Mavericks continue to fall further and further behind the pack in the race for the eight seed in the Western Conference. With them falling behind more and more, the games become even more important. The margin for error is starting to become razor thin. Dirk Nowitzki is fully back as he returned to the starting lineup against the Hornets, so the Mavericks have to find their groove with their full cast of characters are do it in a hurry.

The game won’t be easy against the Jazz as Utah has always been a hostile environment for the Mavericks. In addition, the brutal front line combination of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will make it a physical battle for the Mavericks.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Jazz.

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