In their first 13 games on the road this season, the Dallas Mavericks had a 4-9 record and played awful. The difference between their play at home and and on the road was like night and day. Dallas has been one of the top home teams this year with an 11-4 record on the American Airlines Center court.
The problem has been the play on the road, that is until a week and a half ago. Dallas has gone on a four-game road winning streak which has included wins against the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Washington Wizards. The latest victory coming on New Year’s night in the nations capital.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason for the change in play the last four games except to say the defense has been playing really well. Dallas, who has given up 102.0 points per game to their opponents on the season has only allowed 90.75 points per game over their last four. Anytime you can hold your opponents to 12 points below the average, good things are bound to happen.
During the same stretch of games, Dallas has averaged 100.75 points per game. They have been a full 10 points above their opponents scoring output. This is a trend that Dallas must continue if they hope to make it into the postseason this year. The Mavs, who will probably be battling for one of the final three playoff spots will have to venture onto the road in the playoffs. This is a good time to learn how to play on the road.