The Dallas Mavericks are in Atlanta looking for their first win since January 22 tonight. They’ve been boxed out recently for six straight losses. I’m not so sure this is what the Mavericks expected when they got Kristaps Porzingis back from an injury. Instead of going up, they’ve regressed and need a win on Wednesday evening to avoid a seven-game losing streak. The Mavericks latest loss was a tough 109-108 loss against the Phoenix Suns Monday at home.
It was a hard one to swallow a couple of days after they lost another close one versus the Suns, 111-105. With those two games at home in the rearview mirror, the Mavericks are on the road for one game before heading back to Texas for a long seven-game homestand. I hope that the Mavericks will have a few wins by the end of that stretch, which concludes on February 17. As a result of their six-game skid, the Mavericks have fallen to 8-13 on the season.
The Mavericks would be outside of the playoffs if the postseason started today. They would finish in 13th in the Western Conference. This is a team loaded with talented pieces on the roster, and there is something seriously wrong with their effort if they can’t do better than five games below .500. Some better depth would be nicer for the Mavericks, though. Having to depend on Luka Doncic and Porzingis every night isn’t a recipe for success. Tim Hardaway Jr. has been providing a nice spark recently, but more is required from others.
There are no guarantees in Atlanta for the Mavericks on Wednesday night. The Hawks have some young talent that are capable of giving the Mavericks problems. They hung tough against the LA Lakers on Monday in a 107-99 loss. The Hawks faded in the fourth quarter after the Lakers were able to pull away for good to secure an eight-point win. They were coming off a 116-100 win over the Washington Wizards prior to the loss against the Lakers. The Hawks enter this one with a record of 10-10. Head below for our free Mavericks vs. Hawks pick on February 3, 2021.
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What has stuck out about the Atlanta Hawks has been their attention to defense this season. They aren’t sticking around in that Lakers game if it wasn’t for their defense showing up with a big performance. Containing Lebron James and company to 107 points has to be seen as a win. Prior to that outing, the Hawks’ defense was strong against a very good Wizards’ offense.
The Wizards can’t play any defense if their life depended on it, but their offense has been one of the best in the NBA. The Hawks made them look very ordinary, though. Even their 132-128 loss in overtime against the juggernaut offensive of the Brooklyn Nets was a good look for the Hawks. The Nets had to score 16 points in overtime to get to 132 points, so the Hawks can’t feel bad about their effort in that one.
Overall, the Hawks have conceded 112.5 points per game for 12th in the league. They’ve already had to play the Nets three times this season, so that skews that number up some. That said, the Hawks were all over them with just 96 points allowed in a 114-96 win on New Year’s Day. Atlanta has been a touch better at home, with 109.9 points against per game.
The Mavericks have been rather vanilla offensively this season. Doncic and Porzingis have been able to show up big in spots, but overall, the offense has been rather inconsistent with depth a recurring problem for them. I certainly like what I’ve seen from Tim Hardaway Jr. but additional help is needed. The Mavs are 23rd in the league with 108.7 points per game.
Their defense has been more reliable, with 110.7 points against per game for 14th in the NBA. Atlanta totals continue to be inflated, and this looks like another spot. They’ve gone 15-5 to the UNDER through 20 games. The public perception is that the Hawks are all offense, but they’ve been etching out a defensive identity. At 224 points, the total looks a touch too high.