Time: 7:30pm CT (doors open at 6)
Tonight the Dallas Mavericks will host the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, who last time they played, defeated us by a margin of 40. With that game on the team’s mind going in, should have them focused on extreme improvement from the last game against them. With a healthier roster than the previous game, and with the team playing a good all around game last night and beating the Spurs in SA for the first time since 2010, along with a career night in points from Seth Curry (24), and ending a 12 game losing streak against the team.
Players to watch tonight: Seth Curry & LeBron James
Curry is shooting 50% FG in the last 10 games averaging 14.4ppg, 1.5apg, 3.5rpg, & 1.6spg in that span. He is doing well in the starting role for Dallas and is shooting better FG% on the season than his brother and reigning 2 time MVP Steph Curry 46.6%-46.4%. Here are his highlights from his career night in points last night and a W against the Spurs: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_gFZbAFUin0
While we all know you have to look out for LeBron in any game you play, but you especially keep watch when he’s hot. Although his team hasn’t been lately, he’s been putting up some numbers. Going 25.7ppg, 8rpg, & 8.5apg and the past 10 games, so you know he has been everywhere in these games being a major force on the floor. Mavericks look to get their first win tonight on the 2nd night of a back to back this season (0-9) and a win against this team would be huge. Then maybe it would give us a head of steam going forward after beating two powerhouse teams and then build off of it. Keep an eye out on Harrison Barnes to keep up his consistent scoring tonight (20.4ppg) on the season and see how well Dirk does tonight in the back to back after getting a double-double against SA (15pts & 10rebs).
Wesley Matthews: “Cleveland beat us by 40 in 24 minutes (on Nov. 25), so we’ve got to remember that.” -via Earl K. Sneed FSSW
Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) -questionable
Deron Williams (left great toe sprain) – out
J.J. Barea (left calf strain) – out
Written by: Drew Ivery