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Mavericks look to get back on track against the Orlando Magic

Mavericks look to get back on track against the Orlando Magic

 

The Mavericks will look to grab their first win on this three-game road trip after losing to the Nets and Wizards. Dallas is 1-6 since the All-Star break with the only win coming against the Pacers at home 110-101. When you trade 4/5 of your starting lineup for players that will not make an impact until next season, things can go downhill fast. The most disheartening thing for fans is it seems the team has just not been putting in the effort to try to compete. With the team setting a new record with back-to-back 30 point losses against Memphis and Brooklyn the effort of the team has been put in question.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic are in a desperate fight for the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Just a game and a half behind the Miami Heat, every game is crucial for the Magic if they plan to make it to the postseason. With the two teams hungry for a win, tonight should be an exciting game to watch.

Vucevic preview 

The Orlando Magic have largely been led this season by their new All-Star center Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon. He has been tied to many Mavericks rumors as he is a huge fan of Dirk and shares a particular NBA agent Bill Duffy with Doncic. Tonight could be a chance to get a look at him and consider what he would look like in a Dallas uniform. All this is still speculation with plenty of time between now and the offseason. Just keep in mind when watching him knock down threes or dishing to Gordon for a dunk, how good he would look next to Luka and KP next year.

Dwight Powell taking it to another level

If you have watched any of the last three Mavericks games ,there has not been much of anything to get excited about. Dwight Powell has been one of the few bright spots averaging 19.6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists, not to mention he has made 15 of his last 19 three-point attempts. With multiple chances to be in the starting line-up for the rest of the season, we might get used to seeing these type of numbers.

ROY race still in question?

Plenty of gambling websites are no longer taking bets on the Rookie of the Year simply as it has been a foregone conclusion that Luka had won it. Trae Young has come out strong since the All-Star break and now fans are saying there is at least a conversation to be had. Despite Young’s emergence through February, Luka still comes out on top.

Trae Young also had a breakout game with an impressive career-high 49 points in a 4OT thrilling loss to the Chicago Bulls earlier this month. It’s safe to say both young stars are going to be fun to watch for the foreseeable future. With all that in mind, the award is given for “Rookie of the Year” not “Rookie of the past few weeks”. Look for Doncic to add to his rookie resume tonight with another great game just stuffing the stat sheet.

 

Staff writer for Dallassportsfanatic.com, born and raised in the ever changing yet beautiful 214. Longtime fan of the NBA and the Dallas Mavericks. Husband, father, true student of the game, and future Luka Doncic fanatic.

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