As the Dallas Mavericks face fellow Southwest Division contender Memphis Grizzlies for both teams’ second game of this NBA preseason, let us review what the Mavs must do to stay strong on the road and their recent history with the Grizzlies.
Both Dallas and Memphis lost their 2013-14 preseason opener; the former lost to the New Orleans Pelicans and the latter lost to the Chicago Bulls. The Grizzlies have an advantage as tonight is their preseason home opener at the FedEx Forum.
More than anything, the Mavericks must keep up with the ball, especially after finishing their preseason home opener with a whopping 28 turnovers. During their last meeting against the Grizzlies on April 15, when they were still struggling to reach a .500 record toward the end of the 2012-13 season, they accumulated almost half as many TOs with 15.
As the Mavs are playing in their second out of eight preseason games, their weakness was obvious. While they only lost by two points, turnovers really tainted their performance on the court.
Tonight, the Mavs resume the same starters as Game 1: small forward Shawn Marion, power forward Dirk Nowitzki, center Samuel Dalembert, shooting guard Monta Ellis and point guard Gal Mekel, who claimed that all TOs from the previous game, with the exception of one, were unforced. At least the team identified that TOs were the main problem to prevent while moving forward.
Last season, Memphis led their series against Dallas, 3-1, including both home games and one at the American Airlines Center. This season, both 2013 games are in Dallas, and both 2014 games are in Memphis.