It was bound to happen eventually. The Dallas Mavericks started the season 7-0 on their home court this year but eventually, you knew they were going to lose. Most fans, however, didn’t think it was going to be to the Denver Nuggets, especially after losing on Saturday night to Denver.
Perhaps the more perplexing part of the game is how Denver basically dominated every statistical category there is. Dallas did have all five of their starters in double figure scoring Monday, but it still wasn’t enough. Denver outscored the Mavs in every quarter except the second quarter and that wound up being a tie at 24 a piece.
Denver outrebounded Dallas 42-36, had 14 fast break points as opposed to eight by Dallas. Denver also shot 54.7 percent from the field for the game. The Mavs only managed 46.3 percent. Dallas did manage to jump out to a quick lead before Denver came storming back.
The Mavs have to figure out some things on the defensive side of the ball. Dallas is allowing 103.2 points per game. Dallas is averaging over 106 points themselves, however, if they have a bad offensive game their defense isn’t built to stop people. Much like the Mavs of the early to mid 2000’s, they are built to outscore teams in order to win.
Dallas has only held their opponents under 100 points five times this season and only one time under 90 points. Dallas is going to have to fix their defense if they hope to make it to the playoffs. They will not be able to simply outscore other teams and hope that sustains them for the year.