After spending the weekend in Florida, the Dallas Mavericks, who very well could be one of the best of the West, will host another Eastern Conference team in the Philadelphia 76ers to tip off their fourth week of the 2013-14 NBA season.
This week should provide the 6-4 Mavs with the chance to raise their winning percentage. I would like to see a three-peat of home victories before they wrap up the week at the Denver Nuggets, who will visit them the following Monday.
Dallas just ended a seven-game stretch in which five of those games from the past two weeks were on the road. Now that the Mavericks are back to play at the American Airlines Center they should use that opportunity to more than double their victories over defeat. Ideally, they ought to shoot for winning all four of this week’s games to bring their win-loss record to 10-4. They can do this by fixing problems immediately and going full force on the floor.
So far, Dallas has won every single home game this season. The pattern that I have noticed is that when the Mavericks have hit the road they have lost their first away games and have won their last games as visitors before returning to home court. Most recently, when they did take Miami (like former Mav, “lame Lamb” Lamar Odom‘s Kardashian wife and sisters-in-law), as in the Miami Heat, they fell short, yet when they visited the Orlando Magic the next night they left victorious.
After hosting the 76ers on Monday the Mavericks will host their fellow Texas team, the Houston Rockets. The Rockets blast off this week with one more victory over the Mavs, including when they won their first matchup at Houston’s Toyota Center.
Dallas will continue facing other Western Conference contenders the rest of the week: the Utah Jazz on Friday and Denver on Saturday. Let’s hope that the Mavs make magical music to the tune of victory over the Jazz and strike gold against the Nuggets.
Out of this week’s opponents, I would say that the Mavs’ toughest challenger would be the Rockets. The Texas franchises lead the Southwest Division. This year’s Western Conference champs, current Conference leaders, fellow world class acts and new Mavs center DeJuan Blair‘s previous team, “Los San Antonio Spurs,” are tied with the East’s Indiana Pacers to lead the league. Houston and Dallas respectively follow in the second and third spots of the Southwest.
Dallas should be able to rise above the Atlantic Division leaders, the 5-6 76ers, as well as the bottom-ranked Northwest Division teams, Utah and Denver, at 1-10 and 4-5, respectively.