The Dallas Mavericks (49-31) just only have two games left in the regular season before the much-anticipated NBA Playoffs begin. Dallas finishes up their three-game West coast road trip tonight against the Utah Jazz (37-43).
With a playoff berth already locked in the conference, the Mavs are steadily trying to build team chemistry while gearing up for their playoff run. Also, remember the team wants to end the year with a 50-win season. A win tonight will help the Mavs complete their long-awaited goal of 50 wins.
While facing a team who has already been playing some of their better basketball of the season would be hard enough, the Mavericks will be without Chandler Parsons yet again. Think that’s hard to swallow? Add in the fact that Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, and Tyson Chandler will be resting tonight as well, and you got yourself quite an uphill battle in Salt Lake City, Utah.
What to Watch For:
The Mavs are enduring a tough stretch of playing their third game in four days. The bright side is that the team is currently on a three-game winning streak. Last night, the Mavs won a deserving season series sweep against the Lakers. Dallas has the opportunity to once again sweep 4-0 season series tonight vs. Utah. All the wins could be important going into the playoffs building that momentum as the locked 7th seed.
Emergence of Bench Players
The last stretch of the NBA regular season is always somewhat dull. Playoff teams usually take this time to utilize their bench players in meaningless games. The away game against Denver, for example finished in double overtime with four Mavs players playing 20+ minutes that night. Those bench players will now be taking starting roles tonight and have to really put together a collective team effort to pull out win number 50.
The game tips off a 8pm CT and airing on Fox Sports Southwest.
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