The Mavericks are currently enjoying a 6-day layoff over the holiday weekend as a team that is tied for second best in NBA standings. They have only one loss in December and continue to get better as the season goes on. They will also be getting one of the players that was supposed to start for them back at sometime in the near future in Rodrigue Beaubois.
Add in a stifling defense and an MVP candidate in Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs have to be enjoying their holidays. They are 23-5 at about the third-way point of the 2010-11 season, trailing only the San Antonio Spurs (25-4), who the Mavs already defeated once this season and also play next week.
Other signs that are good for Dallas for keeping up as an elite team are that they have been overall healthy, they are the only team in the NBA with just one road loss and point guard Jason Kidd has really yet to find his offensive groove. Off-season acquisition Tyson Chandler also anchors their new-look defense that head coach Rick Carlisle finally got his guys to buy into this year, most notably Jason Terry.
When you consider the fact that the two-time repeating Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Lakers had one of the easiest early schedules in the league and are sitting at 21-9, Dallas has a great chance to finish atop the Western Conference, something that was not likely at all before the season. The Mavericks have had a pretty tough schedule (while only going down five times) and may battle the Spurs all season long for top honors in the regular season standings.