Denver Nuggets vs Dallas Mavericks Preview and Predictions -03-11-2020
Denver will be looking to build on an impressive home win against Milwaukee when it travels to Dallas on Wednesday night. The Nuggets jumped out to an early lead and never surrendered it against the Bucks on Monday. Dallas is coming off a 119-109 road loss to San Antonio on Tuesday night.
Nuggets looking for another win
Denver took advantage of a short-handed Milwaukee team on Monday night. The Nuggets closed as 5.5-point favorites against the Bucks, who were without their top six scorers in the game. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was the headliner of those absences, as he sat out with a knee injury. Denver jumped out to a 39-24 lead at the end of the first quarter, but its lead was cut to five points heading to the fourth quarter. The Nuggets outscored the Bucks by nine points in the fourth quarter to grab the 109-95 win and cover.
Forward Nikola Jokic leads the Nuggets with 20.3 points per game and is completing his double-double average with 10.2 rebounds per game. He is also the top distributor on the team, dishing out 6.8 assists per contest. Guard Jamal Murray is scoring 18.7 points per game and nearly had one of the best dunks of the NBA season on Monday night, but it was called back on a charge. Will Barton is adding 14.9 points per game and Paul Millsap is contributing 12.0 points per contest.
Dallas coming off loss to Spurs
Dallas was shorthanded on Tuesday night. Shooting guard Seth Curry was held out with an ankle injury after being a game-time decision. He is the team’s fourth-leading scorer with 12.6 points per game. Curry is the most efficient 3-point shooter on the squad, knocking down 45.3 percent of his 300 attempts from the perimeter. Willie Cauley-Stein was out with an illness and Jalen Brunson missed with a shoulder injury. The Mavericks were unable to pick up the win, losing 119-109 as 4-point road favorites.
Guard Luka Doncic leads Dallas with 28.5 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. He is the one of the best passers in the NBA, dishing out 8.7 assists per contest. Forward Kristaps Porzingis is scoring 19.4 points per game and is also grabbing 9.4 rebounds per game. He has made 35.4 percent of his 353 attempts from the 3-point line. Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is scoring 15.8 points per game and is grabbing 3.0 rebounds per game.
The Dallas Mavericks (often referred to as the Mavs) are an American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the American Airlines Center, which it shares with the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars.
As of the 2017 season, the Mavericks have sold out 707 consecutive games since December 15, 2002, the longest currently running sellout streak in North American major league sports.
Since their inaugural 1980–81 season, the Mavericks have won three division titles (1987, 2007, 2010), two conference championships (2006, 2011), and one NBA championship (2011).