It’s been three years since the Dallas Mavericks have made a postseason appearance and eight years since their first and only championship. With the 7th seed in their possession and holding onto a 14-11 record, they will look to sneak into the playoffs this year. The last time they made the playoff, they lost in the first round to the Oklahoma City Thunder, 1-4.
The Mavericks will hope to grab a third straight victory as they host the Atlanta Hawks at the American Airlines Center. As for the Georgia team, they were able to bring a halt to a four-game losing streak by defeating the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, 106 to 98. The Hawks made it to the playoffs ten straight times before seeing it come to an end during the 2017-2018 season.
The Hawks and the Mavericks have met up a grand total of 75 times in the past as Hawks won 43 games while the Dallas Mavericks were held to just 32 wins. This will be the second and final time that these two squads will see each other this season. The last time they met up was on October 24 when the Hawks handed the Mavericks a 111-104 loss. Kent Bazemore finished that contest with 32 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals while Wesley Matthews settled for 23 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
-Daniel Hamilton (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.5 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-Omari Spellman (hip; 6.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 38.6 FG%, 31.7 3P%, 75.0 FT%)
-Jeremy Lin (back; 11.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.1 APG, 51.2 FG%, 41.3 3P%, 84.1 FT%)
-Taurean Prince (ankle; 15.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 43.1 FG%, 36.7 3P%, 83.3 FT%)
-Miles Plumlee (knee; 4.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 68.2 FG%, 57.1 FT%)
-Alex Poythress (G-League; 5.0 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.8 APG, 53.1 FG%, 35.7 3P%, 47.1 FT%)
-Ryan Broekhoff (coach’s decision; 1.5 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.2 APG, 35.0 FG%, 29.4 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Salah Mejri (coach’s decision; 1.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 54.5 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Dennis Smith (wrist; 13.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 44.0 FG%, 35.9 3P%, 66.7 FT%)
-Daryl Macon (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Ray Spalding (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 0.0 APG)
-Kostas Antetokounmpo (G-League)
-Dirk Nowitzki (ankle)
Both teams would start off hot as the Mavericks shot 45 percent from the field while the Hawks completed 43 percent of their shots. John Collins scored 12 points for the Georgia team while gathering 8 rebounds and one assist. He had help from Kent Bazemore, who offered 11 points, which included a three-pointer early in the first quarter. Rookie Kevin Huerter had eight points while knocking down 2 three-pointers in the second quarter. The other rookie, Trae Young, also had eight points which included two treys. Alex Len played the most minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points.
On the other end of the floor, Luka Doncic chalked up 12 points while recording five rebounds and three assists. 2014-2015 NBA champion Harrison Barnes had 11 points while drilling 3 three-pointers in the first period. Former Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan chipped in with 7 points, along with seven rebounds and one assist. Dorian Finney-Smith played 14 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the visiting team that went into halftime with a 52-51 lead.
The Texas team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 63-55 run, completing 49 percent of their attempted shots. During that run, Barnes continued to add to his scoring total as he put up 14 more points, which held two three-pointers. Doncic had 12 points while grabbing 5 rebounds, dishing off 3 assists, recording one steal and one block.
As for the Hawks, they tried to stay in it as Young got hot for 16 points while shooting 57 percent from the floor. Both Huerter and Bazemore helped out with 11 points each while John Collins contributed with 8 points. Dewayne Dedmon scored seven points in the 18 minutes that he played in the second half but it wouldn’t matter as the Dallas Mavericks escaped with a 114-107 win. Harrison Barnes finished the game with 25 points, 3 rebounds, and one steal while Trae Young had 24 points, 10 assists, and 2 steals.
The Atlanta Hawks will head to the TD Garden to take on Kyrie Irving (22.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.4 APG, 48.2 FG%, 39.1 3P%) and the Boston Celtics (17-10) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four matchups between these two teams this season. The last time they met up was on November 23 when the Celtics came away with a 114-96 win. During that game, Aron Baynes scored 16 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, dished off 4 assists, and blocked one shot while Jeremy Lin finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals.
The Dallas Mavericks will head out to Arizona to battle T.J. Warren (17.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.3 APG, 51.4 FG%, 43.0 3P%) and the Phoenix Suns (4-24) tomorrow at 10:30 p.m. This will be the second of four more times that these ball clubs will play each other this season. October 17 was the last time they met up as the Suns won the season opener, 121-100. Devin Booker finished that game with 35 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists while Dwight Powell had 16 points, 5 rebounds, one steal, and one block.