Can the Dallas Mavericks keep their momentum going? Oh yes, the Mavs most certainly can!
Dallas defeated the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center to wrap up the first week of December NBA games on Saturday night. The Mavs barely blazed past the Blazers, but thanks to ball-strong shooting guard Monta Ellis‘ game-winning shot they left with their third victory in a row before trailing down to California.
Now, the 13-8 Mavericks proceed through their West Coast tour down to the Pacific Division. First, they will visit the Sacramento Kings at the Sleep Train Arena where they will remain active and alert to take them down. Before Monday’s tipoff, Sac lays close to the bottom of the Western Conference sack with a 5-13 record so far this season and above only one team who is the worst of the West: the Utah Jazz, who Dallas beat in November.
Dallas’ advantages over Sacramento include winning the majority of their meetings, including 18 consecutive home games, which happens to be the team’s longest win streak against a single opponent. The Mavericks won all four of their games against the Kings during the 2012-13 season, including an overtime victory in Sac to tipoff the New Year.
After an anticipated rule over the Kings’ court, the Mavs will go on to do battle with the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday. When Dallas hosted Golden State on Thanksgiving Eve they were grateful for a win against the previous team of Ellis and shoulder-recovering center/forward Brandan Wright, whose return to play may come any night. Then the Mavericks will return home to their American Airlines Center on Saturday where we Mavs Fans for Life are awaiting more Mavs magic and mix from these world class players. Fans will warmly welcome them back as they take on Ellis’ most recent team, the Milwaukee Bucks.