In a classic equestrian versus feline fight, the horse could come out victorious over the vicious cat.
On Tuesday at the American Airlines Center, Dallas has home-court advantage over Charlotte. Most recently, the Mavericks, in a 2013 preseason away game, defeated the Bobcats during point guard Jose Calderon‘s Dallas debut at the Greensboro Coliseum on Oct. 19.
This marks the Mavs’ first game in December which has been a bad luck month for them these past two seasons. However, Dallas has the tools to change history starting with Charlotte.
First of all, the franchise is equipped with power forward Dirk Nowitzki, who still is powerful, with his offensive prowess. After all, he now is No. 14 in the league’s leading scorers of all-time. During the 2012-13 season, Nowitzki underwent and recovered from knee surgery so he did not face Charlotte.
When Nowitzki, who is a valuable member of my Nowellis Dynamic Duo and Tipoff Trio had previously repped the Mavs against the Cats, he had averaged 26.2 points per game. This only comes second to his scoring when playing the Boston Celtics, against whom Nowitzki has racked up an average of 26.7 ppg. Coincidentally that’s the previous team of Brooklyn Nets PF and “Baller Bawler” Kevin Garnett, who he recently passed up to claim his spot in the all-time leading scorers list.
Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle must continue to make wise decisions on who to play — especially while resting the injured — and have backup plans. Healthy teammates indeed need to deliver Mavericks Basketball – which includes the elements of new starting shooting guard Monta Ellis’ Monta Ball and the velocity of veteran versatile guard/forward Vince Carter (who averaged 18.5 ppg last season when Dallas played Charlotte). That way the Mavs can stay on top of their game so they definitely can tame the Bobcats.
After all, the Mavs have won all but one of their 17 meetings against the Cats, with a 16-game win streak that includes all nine of the times when they were at home. The only time when Dallas lost at Charlotte was when Nowitzki was out. Now Nowitzki is back so it is time for another Mavs attack on the Cats.