The Dallas Mavericks started out as one of the hotter teams in the NBA. Dallas started the season 7-0 at home and had an overall record of 9-4 through 13 games. Fast forward five games and the Mavericks are sitting at 10-8 after losing four of their last five games. The Mavericks were swept by the Denver Nuggets in a home-and-home series. They defeated the Golden State Warriors only to then lose back-to-back games to the Atlanta Hawks and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Dallas is about to leave for a four-game road trip which includes three games on the West Coast. Before they embark on this trip, however, they have a date with the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats come into town with an 8-10 record. Charlotte has lost four of their last six games with their only two wins during that stretch coming against the same team — the Milwaukee Bucks.
Statistically the Mavs should have no problem with the Bobcats. Dallas is averaging over 104 points per game this season while the Bobcats are under 90 per game. Dallas is 16-1 all-time against the Bobcats. However, that lone loss came last year when Charlotte defeated the Mavs at home.
Dallas needs this win in a bad way. For a team that is struggling like they are, the next two games are important games for Dallas and games they should win. After facing the Bobcats, Dallas will play the New Orleans Pelicans for the first time this season. Dallas still doesn’t know the fate of their starting point guard Jose Calderon, either. His playing status is listed as a game-time decision. The Mavs struggled against the Hawks after Calderon left and against the T’Wolves as well. If he can’t play, the rookie point guards Gal Mekel and Shane Larkin will have to step it up. If they don’t, Dallas will be hitting the road on a bad note.