The Dallas Mavericks couldn’t have picked a better night to play a complete game. The Mavs, losers in three of their last four games, desperately needed a good game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Friday night was the first game of a home-and-home series with the Pelicans, and Saturday night the two teams will meet in Dallas.
This was exactly the type of game the Mavs needed as Dallas beat New Orleans 107-90. Dallas never trailed in the game and led by as much as 23 in the contest. New Orleans is a team you would expect a playoff team to beat, but this is exactly the type of team Dallas has struggled with.
Take the game against the New York Knicks for instance. This was a game Dallas should have won but instead lost by 12 points. We keep harping on if Dallas is a playoff team, but the bottom line is this: Playoff teams beat subpar teams in the NBA, no questions asked. But this is something that seems foreign to the Mavs at times this year. Early in the season, Dallas blew a 19-point lead to the Toronto Raptors at home and lost the game.
Dallas also had an explosion at the three-point line in New Orleans. The Mavs hit 14 three-pointers in the game and shot 52 percent from the filed. Dallas will hope to have the same success on Saturday night against the same Pelicans team.