Nowitzki’s return to save the Mavs
The NBA season is underway , what in the world happened with the Mavs?
With Nowitzki sidelined after the bad knee injury, OJ Mayo stepped up big time, but went down quickly like a rock on the bottom of the lake. Collison proved to be the spark for Dallas, but his consistency is missing. Is 13-20 a record for a team like Dallas , hell NO . Dallas needs to reach the NBA playoffs.
Nowitzki could finally be making his return to the starting lineup. The former MVP sat out the first 27 games following knee surgery, and after coming off the bench in six games since his return, Nowitzki began practicing with the starters on Friday.
Nowitzki played a season-high 29 minutes on Wednesday off the bench and scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting to help force overtime in Miami. But Dallas failed miserably in the extra session and allowed the Heat to score 16 points in five minutes to suffer a 119-109 setback. The Mavericks are just 1-5 since Nowitzki’s return and have dropped 10 of their last 12 overall to fall into the bottom tier in the West. Dallas has dropped three straight at home by an average of 20.3 points and has had six double-digit losses in its last eight games.
“Execution down the stretch has been one of our problems all year,” Dirk said. “We’re 0-6 in overtime (this season) and lost a lot of close ones during the season in regulation. We’ve got to work on that.”
A few NBA trends to consider :
Hornets rookie F Anthony Davis has been held to single digits in scoring in each of the last three games.
Hornets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Hornets are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Hornets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest.
Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
Hornets are 0-2-2 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Dallas.
Tough to see the Mavs struggling so bad after winning the NBA title two years ago, but every NBA team has a bad stretch once a season .
Taking all in consideration, Dallas hit the bottom after the OT loss at Miami , and the turning point is here.
Dallas to cover 6.