It’s an interconference matchup between a pair of teams that swung a big trade last season meeting in the Big Apple. The Dallas Mavericks are on the road as they take on the New York Knicks Thursday night. Dallas was dropped 116-106 on the road by Boston Monday night in their previous contest. New York was dumped 120-102 on the road by Chicago in their previous game Tuesday night. The Mavericks lead the all-time regular season series 41-36 but it was the Knicks taking a 106-102 road win in the first matchup this season on November 8.
Dallas Mavericks Seek to Earn Season Split
Dallas suffered their second loss in three games as they were upended by Boston on the road in their last game. The Mavericks enter this one second in the Southwest Division, 1.5 games behind the Rockets. Dallas was down four after the opening quarter, stood tied at the half and was down five after three quarters. The Mavericks battled back again, taking a 92-90 lead midway through the fourth quarter, before giving up a 14-2 run that left them down 10 with 3:14 to play. Dallas didn’t have enough left in the tank to rally and took a tough loss. The Mavericks shot 41.6 percent from the floor, including 11 of 42 from three-point range, in the loss. Luka Doncic
led the way for Dallas with 34 points and nine assists while Kristaps Porzingis struggled: he was one of 11 from the floor, finishing with four points.
The Mavericks enter this contest seventh in the league in scoring offense with 115.3 points per game on the season. Dallas stands fifth in rebounding with 47.8 boards per game while they rank tied for 13th
in assists by dishing out 24 dimes per contest. The Mavericks are 19th
in scoring defense as they allow an average of 112.3 points per game on the year. Luka Doncic leads the team with 28.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 9.1 assists per contest this season. Kristaps Porzingis contributes 18.3 points plus 7.9 rebounds per game while Tim Hardaway Jr. (11.6 points) is also a solid contributor on the offensive end. Maxi Kleber (10.2 points), Seth Curry and Dwight Powell are key pieces in the Mavericks’ rotation. Dallas is tied for 15th
in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.4 percent as a team from beyond the arc. The Mavericks are fifth by knocking down 13.9 three-pointers per contest on the year. Dallas stands 16th
in three-point shooting as they hit 34.8 percent from beyond the arc this season.