The Dallas Mavericks played one of their best games of the season on Sunday night when the defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by 23 points in Oklahoma City. On Monday night, the team started a franchise-record eight-game homestand against the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics didn’t play Rajon Rando because it was the second straight game for them. On paper, the Mavericks should have had no problem with the struggling Celtics, but that wasn’t the case. The Mavs won the game 94-89, but it was closer than it probably should have been.
Boston finished the season 0-15 against the Western Conference on the road this season. This is why it was imperative for the Mavs to win this game. Not only would it have been a bad thing to lose to a team that bad, but it would have been a bad start to the homestand.
Dallas has moved to within a game of the Golden State Warriors for the sixth spot in the Western Conference, and it’s feasible to think they could overtake them this season. With 14 games left to be played, nine of them are at home. This is a good time for Dallas to start getting things together as they march into the playoffs.
More than likely, the Mavs are going to have to play a team like the Thunder or the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, so it’s important for them to be playing at a high level going into the postseason. With the win against OKC and Boston, they’re off to a great start.