At the outset of the month, the Dallas Mavericks were 25-32, and they looked dead in the water in the Western Conference playoff chase. They started the month with a 98-90 win on the road against the Brooklyn Nets, and that sparked a 7-3 run over the course of their 10 games thus far in March. Now, Dallas is only three-games back in the Western Conference playoff chase, and it will hope to continue that push on Wednesday night when it takes on these same Nets once again, this time at the American Airlines Center.
Brooklyn is in the midst of a playoff push of a different variety. Barring a collapse of epic proportions, the Nets know that they will be in the postseason this year. They’re still trying to run down the New York Knicks for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, though. Brooklyn starts the day two back in the loss column of the boys from the Big Apple with 15 games to play
When these two met the first time, G Deron Williams had a terrible time trying to hang onto the basketball for the Nets. Though he did score 24 points to lead the team, he also turned the ball over seven times. Brooklyn finished the day with 19 turnovers.
Dallas meanwhile, shot 50.0% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc that night. The team was led by F Dirk Nowitzki and F Vince Carter, who each had 20 points. G OJ Mayo has been floundering over the course of the second half of the season, but he had one of his better games against the Nets, hitting three triples and scoring a total of 17 points.