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#581 Dallas Mavericks -8 vs.
#582 Golden State Warriors 222
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:35pm EST
Oracle Arena, Oakland
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: January 14, 2020, Chase Center, San Francisco, CA, 8:00 PM ET

The Golden State Warriors hope to put an end to their eight-game losing streak in Tuesday’s Western Conference meeting with the visiting Dallas Mavericks. It has been nothing but downhill for the Warriors after their four-game win streak was snapped. They were recently blown out of the Fed Ex Forum on a road trip to play against the Memphis Grizzlies. Meanwhile, the Mavericks avoided a third straight loss by knocking off the Philadelphia 76ers in a 109-91 victory.

Porzingis nearing a return

The Mavericks could be getting their unicorn back on the floor in due time. Perhaps it could even be as early as Tuesday’s game against the Warriors. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the star center practiced with the team on Monday for the first time since dealing with the symptoms from a knee injury.

Luka Doncic has kept the ship afloat in hopes that his European partner in crime would return soon enough to help make the Mavericks a legitimate Western Conference contender. Dallas recently handed the Sixers a lopsided 109-91 loss to put an end to a two-game losing streak.

They’ll look to stay on the winning track in Tuesday’s meeting with the Warriors. It’s the same struggling Warriors team with the second-worst perimeter defense in the league. They are allowing an average 37.8 shooting percentage from 3-pointer.

That’s an ugly statistic when going head-to-head with the eighth-ranked 3-point shooting team in basketball. Even without Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavericks have maintained their No. 1 rank in offensive efficiency. They have to be feeling equally as confident about their defensive chances as well when facing a Warriors offense only averaging 104.7 points per game. This isn’t the boogeyman offense from a year ago.

Will the Warriors end the losing streak?

When will the losing end?

The Warriors have been asking that question for the last eight consecutive games. They have fallen off the abyss into the sad reality that losing is the majority of their journey now. It’s a comeuppance of sorts for the countless games of burying opponents with a roster that could legitimately compete with a conference All-Star team.

Injuries and Kevin Durant’s exit has left a Warriors team that is basically unrecognizable. They dropped their eighth straight loss to the Grizzlies on Sunday. It’ll take a herculean effort to end the streak in Tuesday’s run-in with the Mavericks’ top-ranked offense. The otherworldly sensation known as Luka Doncic has the Mavericks averaging 116.1 points per game. All the Warriors have to lean on is a 20th-ranked defense allowing 112.9 points on average.

Help will be hard to come by on offense as well. It’s basically the D’Angelo Russell Show with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson both dealing with injuries. The team is ranked second-worst in efficiency behind the Atlanta Hawks. Unless Alec Burks or Eric Paschall comes to the rescue, it’s going to be a long night for the Warriors.

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Not even home-cooking will give the Warriors the offensive firepower to fend off the visiting Mavericks. Russell has been exceptional on the floor in piling up points, but his work goes mostly unnoticed in an offense too top-heavy. He’s literally a one-man army crew without Curry on the floor, and that army isn’t as good as what we’re seeing from Doncic’s army in Dallas.

Dallas is averaging a 46.1 shooting percentage going on the road against a Warriors defense that hasn’t been able to consistently get stops. They have actually been a better scoring offense on the road than they’ve been at home with the team averaging 117.8 points per game. We all know what Russell is going to do, but can you really count on Burks, Paschall or some other player stepping up and delivering the sort of offensive performance needed to help put the Warriors over the top?

I know I can’t.

Doncic doesn’t only rack up points, but he has also been a phenomenal ball general that has made everyone around him play better. The same will continue to be the case on Tuesday night as the Mavericks hand the Warriors a ninth straight loss.

Prediction: Dallas Mavericks

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The Mavericks have already played the Warriors at home and on the road this season. Both games were offensive mismatches with Dallas scoring 141-plus points in each meeting. I wouldn’t wager on the trilogy going any different with the Warriors still struggling on defense. There are times when shots look automatic, and they can’t get a stop to save their lives.

Good luck having that problem with the No. 1-ranked offense coming into town for a visit.

Doncic has bedeviled the Warriors for team-highs of 31-plus points in the last two head-to-head meetings, and he’ll continue to do so on Tuesday. I’m taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.