The Dallas Mavericks will stay in the state of Texas for their short trip to San Antonio on Friday. Following this contest, the Mavericks will head home to host the Houston Rockets tomorrow night. They will stay home for Monday’s meeting against the Denver Nuggets. The Mavericks are coming off a much needed win against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday. They’ve just been kind of meh this season, but that performance might get the Mavericks into gear.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 27 points, while Trey Burke added 22 points in the winning cause. Dallas enters Friday night with a record of 7-7. That’s not what Mark Cuban envisioned, but there’s a lot of runway left this season. Their biggest enemy is playing in a very talented Western Conference. While the Mavericks are good, they have to deal with some elite rosters. The Mavericks reached the playoffs with a record of 43-32 for seventh in the Western Conference.
It’s hard to see the Mavericks not moving off this .500 mark and improving on it. That’s not to say they can’t lose in San Antonio tonight. Although, I would be surprised to see the Mavericks below .500 in around a month’s time. The win for the Mavericks against the Pacers put an end to a three-game skid in Dallas. They were losers against the Bucks, 112-109, Bulls, 117-101, Raptors, 116-93.
The Mavericks finally put together a complete performance against the Pacers on Wednesday. The Spurs are coming off a 121-99 loss against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. That was a poor performance from the Spurs, as they were unable to follow up with a productive outing after a 125-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on the road.
They have a signature win on their resume against the LA Clippers earlier in the season on January 5, with a 116-113 victory. Paul George did not play in that game, so it wasn’t the Clippers at full strength, but still impressive nevertheless. The Spurs enter tonight with a record of 8-7. Head below for our free Mavericks vs. Spurs pick on January 22, 2021.
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The Mavericks need to get Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic hot at the same time to do damage this season. Porzingis only recently returned to the lineup because of an injury, so the 7-7 record would likely look better if he was a full participant for 14 games this season. The rust was shaken off for Porzingis against the Packers. He scored 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 assists. The 27 points and 13 rebounds is a season-high for Porzingis. I can only imagine his game is going to improve from here.
The Mavericks have netted an average of 106.8 points per game for 22nd in the NBA. That isn’t what the Mavericks are looking for this season, but like I just noted, when Porzingis gets more comfortable in the offense, and appears the game against the Pacers was a turning point, expect the Mavericks to begin scoring at a much more rapid rate. If their defense keeps doing what they’ve been doing, then the Mavericks are going to be tough to beat.
The Mavericks are sixth in the league with 107.2 points against per game. San Antonio has not been that much better offensively than the Mavericks. They’re 17th in the NBA with 110.3 points per game. Defensively, the Spurs have been average in that regard as well, with 110.5 points against for 14th in the NBA. Home court has not helped the Spurs out at all.
In fact, they’ve downgraded to 107.7 points per game and 112.3 points against at the AT&T Center. The Mavericks haven’t been scared about going to San Antonio to win games. They’re 11-5 ATS in their last 16 meetings overall, and 7-1 ATS on the road in San Antonio. With Porzingis getting back into the swing of things, expect the Mavs to exit San Antonio with a win on Friday night.