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Playoffs Contenders: Focus on Dallas Mavericks

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This season’s NBA action has produced a lot of surprises filled with several pulsating action and performances. One of the teams that have been an impressive outfit this season is the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas Mavericks have had an indifferent season so far but have received a lot of praise for their exciting style of play along with the talented talents on their roster. Dallas Mavericks are in contention to secure a playoff qualification spot as they occupy the 7th position in the Western Conference and the second position in the Southwest Division with a 40-27 win-loss record. The 2011 NBA Championship winners are looking to make the playoffs after several disappointments in recent seasons. We take a look at Dallas Mavericks’ season so far along with the positives and negatives from it.

 

Dallas Mavericks’ Season so far

After a summer of few incomings and outgoings, Dallas Mavericks went into this season with a promising team from the 2018-2019 season.

Dallas Mavericks began this season on a positive note by claiming a comprehensive 108-100 win at home against Washington Wizards in their opening game of the 2019-2020 NBA season. The Mavericks followed their win over Washington Wizards with a 123-116 win at New Orleans Pelicans. The two-game winning run ended in their third game at the hands of Portland Trail Blazers (121-119). However, the team recovered from the disappointment from their previous match to grab a 109-106 win at Denver Nuggets. A second defeat in overtime at home against Los Angeles meant the Mavericks had a 3-2 win-loss record after the opening five games of the season. Three wins and three losses in the next six games ensured the Mavericks represented a decent start to the season despite the minor inconsistencies and a 6-5 win-loss record after 11 games.

The Mavericks managed to go on a consistent run as they went on an impressive 5-game winning run. The wins came against the likes of reigning Champions Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Houston Rockets, considered as some of the bigwigs in the NBA. The winning run came to a halt against the Los Angeles Clippers. However, the loss didn’t stop the Mavericks from returning to ways and going on another 5-game winning run with the highlight of that run coming in an away win at Western Conference table-toppers Los Angeles Lakers. Afterward, the Mavericks experienced some sort of inconsistencies, recording five victories and five losses in the last ten games of 2019. The Mavericks ended 2019 on a wrong note after losing 108-95 at Los Angeles Lakers. The inconsistencies followed Dallas Mavericks into the New Year as they 2 wins from the next six games. The Mavericks found form once again as they won the next four games to improve their win-loss record to 27-15 after 44 games. After going on a consecutive winning run, the Mavericks could not maintain consistency once again as they recorded four wins and six defeats in the next ten games.

Since then, Dallas Mavericks managed to record nine victories and six losses in their last 15 games before the suspension of the NBA due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Positives from Dallas Mavericks’ season so far

Dallas Mavericks’ successes this season can be attributed to the excellent contributions of star man Luka Dončić who has been the standout performer for the team on several occasions this season. Dončić, who won last season’s Rookie of the Year award, has been a revelation since his move to Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the draft rights to Trae Young and a protected future first-round pick from Atlanta Hawks in 2019. This season has seen the Shooting Guard already earn an NBA All-Star status following his appearance for the Western Conference team in this year’s NBA All-Star Game. This season, Dončić has averaged 28.7 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game, and 8.7 assists per game in 54 games. His numbers for averaged points per game is the sixth overall best in the NBA. In all, Dončić has recorded 1,549 points, 502 rebounds, and 470 assists so far this season.

Another player who has also made a meaningful contribution to the numerous successes of the Mavericks this season alongside Luka Dončić is Power Forward Kristaps Porziņģis. Since moving to Dallas Mavericks from New York Knicks last year, Porziņģis has gradually played an integral role regularly. This season, Porziņģis has averaged 19.2 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, 2.1 blocks per game and 1.7 assists per game in 51 appearances so far.

Another notable positive from the Mavericks’ season so far has been their impressive record on the road. The Mavericks have a decent 21-12 win-loss record away from home. Several away wins have come in crunch games against the likes of Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers who have been some of the best teams in the NBA this season.

 

Negatives from Dallas Mavericks’ season so far

The biggest issue with the Mavericks team so far this season has been their tendency to lose against teams below them on the table or teams who are struggling for form. This season has seen Dallas Mavericks lose winnable games to the likes of Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, and Charlotte Hornets. Some of these disappointing results against these teams have derailed the Mavericks’ momentum on several occasions.

 

What’s next For Dallas Mavericks?

At the moment, there is still uncertainty over the remainder of this season. However, Dallas Mavericks will have to be consistent to claim massive wins in their remaining games to secure a playoff spot and take the first step to a possible second title if the NBA resumes.

 

 

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