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 returnThe 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.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Mavericks are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games.
- Mavericks are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing straight up record.
- Mavericks are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a road favorite.
- Mavericks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a losing home record.
- Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Warriors are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 head-to-head meetings.