The Dallas Mavericks took a well-deserved break from games for rest and relaxation after their four-game road trip to Western Conference teams and one win when they were back to host at their American Airlines Center. Now this hopeful championship contender for the NBA Finals returns to the court against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Dallas has advantages over Memphis, aside from extra days off following a grueling set of away games and a win to welcome them home. The Mavericks lead their 2013-14 series on the Grizzlies 1-0. During the preseason, the Mavs also won as the visiting team, thanks to veteran swingman Vince Carter, a.k.a. “Half Man, Half Amazing.”
Can “Vinsanity” and the Mavs take down the Grizzlies again? They most certainly can. After all Dallas, whose win-loss record before tipoff is 14-10, has as many defeats as Memphis has victories and vice versa.
An added bonus for the Mavericks is that almost all of their players are healthy and ready to hit the floor, with the exception of guard Devin Harris who still needs more time to heal from his toe injury and surgery. Power forward/center Brandan Wright returned from shoulder fracture recovery on Saturday to lead in scoring for their “W” over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dallas has done extremely well at home this season, so we Mavs Fans for Life expect to see no less from them with Memphis. However, as I have pointed out before, the Mavericks cannot take any of their challenges for granted and must consider the Grizzlies’ strengths, in particular forward Zach Randolph who has incurred 14 double-doubles.