It’s time for the Dallas Mavericks to imitate the time change that took place this weekend and spring forward.
This time last week the Mavericks (33-33) were looking to snap their three game losing streak, the only thing that changed is they now have a five game losing streak and have dropped to the 8th seed in the Western Conference standings.
Saturday afternoon Dallas hung with the Indiana Pacers getting within a point in the final quarter after trailing by 11 late in the third but they could never take the lead as the Pacers (35-31)took the victory 112-105.
Dirk Nowitzki continues to beat the undefeated father time as he dropped 30 points, scoring 15 in the final quarter. It was Nowitzkis’ fourth consecutive game with 20 or more points.
Monta Ellis scored 17 points and seven assists in his return to Dallas; Paul George started slow but heated up in the third quarter scoring 18 of his 20 in the second half.
Monday night the Mavericks face the Charlotte Hornets, a team currently on a seven game win streak, showing no signs of letting up. In those seven games the Hornets (37-28) have defeated the past two opponents the Mavericks faced, Detroit and Indiana.
The first meeting between the two teams was back on Nov. 5 when the Hornets recorded their first NBA victory in Dallas since 1998, topping the Mavs 108-94.
Al Jefferson was the driving force for the Hornets scoring a season-high 31 points while Marvin Williams played a great second role adding 17 points and 12 rebounds.
It was a pathetic second half by the Mavericks as they shot 29.5% while the hornets shot 51.2% and led by as many as 24 points early in the fourth quarter.
Not only are the Mavericks looking to snap their five game losing streak Monday night, the past three road games have ended in overtime defeat. According to Basketball-reference.com, no team has played to an extra period in four consecutive road games since at least 1951-52.
The Hornets on the other hand are looking to record their longest win streak since 1999, and a ninth victory in a row at home would match the third-longest in franchise history.
Its desperation time for the .500 Mavericks as the Hornets are the fourth team of their nine game stretch against teams with a winning record.
How To Watch:
Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest.
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