Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks
Tip-off: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
The Brooklyn Nets are still looking to improve their NBA playoff seeding and their YouWager fans would like for their recent road success to stay with them as they continue their lengthy trip.
The Dallas Mavericks are merely trying to keep their streak of consecutive postseason appearances alive, however there’s not enough time.
After opening a season-high eight-game road trip with a victory, Brooklyn tries to avenge a home defeat tonight versus Dallas from earlier in March.
The Nets’ 17-day trip started well with an easy 119-82 win versus the Detroit Pistons earlier this week. Brooklyn (39-28) is one game back of the New York Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division and the third spot in the Eastern Conference, a position they could manage to better upon during the trip considering their road play.
Brooklyn has won six of eight games away from home while holding rivals to 89.6 points per game over that stretch.
Deron Williams also continued his recent surge with 31 points and five assists in 28 minutes. Williams, averaging 18.2 points and 42.9 percent shooting on the NBA season, is at 26.0 points on 50.5 percent over his last six games. The 28 year-old’s also knocking down 44.0 percent of his 3-pointers (22 of 50) over the same stretch.
Brooklyn will likely need Williams to be better than he was in the season’s first meeting with Dallas, a 98-90 defeat on March 1. The West Virginia native scored 24 but was 8 of 18 from the field and matched a season high with seven turnovers as the Nets lost for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.
Dirk Nowitzki is looking more like his usual self, averaging 18.5 points on 50.9 percent shooting — including a 13-of-26 mark from 3-point range — over his last eight games. The 34 year-old player is staying in a rhythm is especially crucial with Shawn Marion (11.7 ppg) still sidelined with a strained left calf. Marion has missed seven games in a row.
Vince Carter and Nowitzki each scored 20 points at Brooklyn also earlier in March.
Brook Lopez, who had 19 points for Brooklyn, is averaging 26.3 points on 61.4 percent shooting in four games versus the Mavericks since 2010-11 — his third-highest scoring title when facing any other rival.