It’s only 10 games into the season, and some things are starting to take form for the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas seems to have no problem scoring. They are averaging over 106 points a game so far on the young season. The defense deserves a little skepticism, but there are other signs that the Mavs are on the right track.
So far, the Mavericks have played four sets of back-to-back games. They have yet to be swept in those situations and more impressively, they have won three of the four second-night games. Most of the time, these situations are where a team gets caught due to travel and tiredness.
Also, Dallas has gotten off to a great start in most of their games. In eight of their 10 games, the Mavs have exceeded 30 points in the first quarter. Last season, they averaged just over 25 points in the first quarter. When the Mavericks played the Orlando Magic on Saturday, it was the sixth time they’ve held a double-digit lead in a game this season. Including Saturday’s win, Dallas is 6-0 in games in which they hold a double-digit lead.
Dallas will now return home for a three games. The Mavs haven’t lost a game at home yet and are looking to build on their success at the American Airlines Center. Coach Rick Carlisle knew it would take a little time to get the nine new faces to start gelling together. It’s been a work in progress so far, but when it does start clicking, this is going to be a lot of fun for Mavs fans.