Finally playing with a fully healthy Dirk Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks are looking to make their way into the NBA Playoffs. Coming into the All-Star break, the Mavs were 23-29 and, in theory, needed to win roughly two-thirds of their remaining 30 games to find their way into the post-season. They’ve gotten off to a nice start.
Dallas reeled off wins in their first two games after All-Star Weekend, beating the Orlando Magic and the New Orleans Hornets. Those are two of the lower-tier teams in the NBA this season, but the Mavericks have played like they’re poised to handle the task of making the post-season.
For the season, Dallas is averaging 101.6 points per game and allowing 102.6 per game to their opponents. They’ve also shot only 45.4 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from long-range as a team while allowing their opponents to earn a field goal percentage of 44.4 percent and a three-point percentage of 36.1 percent.
Over their two games this past week, the Mavs have been able to improve upon all of those season averages. They’ve scored 107.5 points per game and allowed just 98 points per game in the two games. Also, they’ve raised their field goal percentage to 47.7 percent and their three-point percentage to 38.8 percent and held their opponents to just 43.2 percent shooting and 30.3 percent three-point shooting.
The Mavericks have been playing focused and determined on both ends of the floor. It appears like they know what they have ahead of them and have accepted the challenge.
Dallas will have a tough task ahead of them on Sunday when the face-off with the Los Angeles Lakers, a team they will have to leap-frog to make the playoffs. The Lakers have essentially the same challenges at hand, so it will undoubtedly be an intense matchup. However, if the Mavericks continue to exert the effort on both ends of the floor that they have lately, they will definitely have a chance to make it three-straight wins out of the All-Star break.