The Dallas Mavericks, who enter Week 2 of the NBA 2013 preseason, have their work cut out for them with one home game as they host the Orlando Magic on Monday, followed by two games on the road. Then they visit the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday and wrap up the week at the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.
Dallas broke even in Week 1, coming off one loss in their Oct. 7 home opener with a tight margin against the New Orleans Pelicans and one win in their Oct. 9 away game against the Memphis Grizzlies after addressing their high turnover issue from Game 1.
Here, I will break down the Mavs’ advantages and disadvantages for their second preseason week.
First of all, as this week tips off, the Mavericks have home-court advantage and more victories over the Magic.
Dallas won both of its games against Orlando last season, once at home and once on the road. The Mavericks have a 26-23 all-time record against the Magic (16-9 at home and 10-14 as the visiting team), with a three-game overall winning streak and have won as many as seven consecutive road games in Orlando. During this upcoming regular season, the Mavs expect to visit the Magic next month and host them in January.
Dallas also leads its other preseason Week 2 opponents in total regular season records: Indiana, 37-26, and Charlotte, 16-1.
So far in the preseason, neither Orlando nor Indiana have any wins, with the former having lost both of its games and the latter losing all three. Charlotte’s win-loss percentage is less than Dallas’ with one victory because it already has lost two out of three preseason games.
However, the Mavs’ setbacks are on the rise with players who are out: one for suspension and four for injury. Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Devin Ebanks is suspended from the league for a DUI, and his return with Dallas may be very slim without a guaranteed contract. Mavericks guards José Calderón, Devin Harris and Shane Larkin plus center/forward Brandan Wright all have injuries to mend.