How Do The Dallas Mavericks Fare Against The Last 5 Teams They Will Face In November?
V for Victory
Day 22: I'm thankful for the Dallas Mavericks.
Since some of us have shared our appreciation on our social networks as we approach Thanksgiving, from the beginning of November to the countdown toward Turkey Day, let us also do a breakdown of who the Mavs will face for the rest of this month. Perhaps this could serve as a tribute of gratitude for upcoming victories.
On Friday, Dallas hosts Utah to conclude their longest home stretch this month before heading to Denver for a two-consecutive game series. The Mavericks will visit the Nuggets' Pepsi Center on Saturday before both teams are matched up again at the American Airlines Center on Monday.
More golden games lie ahead following the Nuggets series when the Golden State Warriors from the Pacific Division perform battle in Mavericks Nation on Wednesday before Dallas takes off to the Eastern Conference for Southeast's No. 2, the Atlanta Hawks on Black Friday, when I hope that they will fly back home with a victory.
Last but not least, the Mavs will welcome third-ranked Northwestern team Minnesota Timberwolves to their court on what I would like to call Blue and Silver Saturday: the day following Black Friday when Dallas can score another win prior to Cyber Monday.
At press time before the Dallas-Utah tipoff, the .500 Mavericks have a 8-4 win-loss record from their first dozen games of the NBA 2013-14 season. No jinx intended, but I regard their 100 percent home game victories so far worthy of mentioning.
Without further ado, here are the Mavs' next five opponents and how they measure up.
Dallas and Denver play two in-a-row, first at an away game to wrap up the week, followed by at the AA Center on Monday. Their last matchup toward the end of the 2012-13 season was a close one, yet the Mavs managed to beat the Denver team in OT. I would like to see them bring “more bounce to the ounce” (hence a Pepsi slogan) both at home and at the 5-6 Nugget’s house.
Golden State Warriors
New starting shooting guard Monta Ellis will host his first professional team after playing his more recent ball club, the Milwaukee Bucks. Currently, Golden State has the same record as Dallas. Last season, the Warriors won two-out-of-three battles against the Mavericks, who were victorious in their most recent one.
Dallas has had an advantage over Atlanta, having sent the Hawks flying home both at the Mavericks’ home opener and toward the end of the 2013 preseason. We MFFL (Mavs Fans for Life) look forward to seeing former Mavs power forward Elton Brand, whose stats have significantly declined since he started playing for the ATL. His per game averages have fallen from 21.2 minutes with the Mavericks to 10.3, 6 rebounds to 2.9 and 7.2 points to 2.6.
Minnesota’s matches against Dallas are interesting for the reunions among teammates. The 7-6 Timberwolves, who won the first meeting this season, have international players who have been teammates with some of the Mavericks. Minnesota guard J.J. Barea was part of the 2011 Finals championship team with two out of my Tipoff Trio, top team defender Marion and top-ranking leading scorer PF Dirk Nowitzki. Wolves’ starting point guard Ricky Rubio has played alongside new Mavs’ starting PG Jose Calderon for the Spanish national team.