Dallas Mavericks: Mavs prepared to face tough stretch

Dallas Mavericks

After winning 10 of 12, and poised in making it 11 of 13, the Dallas Mavericks blew a 16-point home lead against the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 28.

The Mavs followed that up with a 112-106 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on March 2.

Now in the heart of a tight Western Conference race between teams 6-9, the Mavericks face a tough stretch in their next six, facing four teams currently in the playoff picture.

Dallas sits a game out of the Golden State Warriors for 6th in the West, and just a half game and a game ahead of the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively, for 7th.

The Mavericks will face the Denver Nuggets on March 5 on ESPN to begin the stretch. From there, they’ll host the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers before a three-game road trip against the Warriors, Utah Jazz and first-place Oklahoma City Thunder.

If the Mavs can get by at a respectable record and remain in the thick of the West, they’ll finish out March and head into April with eight straight at home.

Dirk Nowitzki averaged 16 points in his final three games of February before scoring 22 against the Spurs. The 16-year vet has been in a mini slump, and has gone under the 50-40-90 mark, sitting at 49.4 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from downtown, and 91.4 percent from the line.

Monta Ellis has been playing well in his last four after failing to score more than 12 points in his previous three. He’s averaging more than 20 points and nearly seven assists in that span.

Dallas, 19-10 at home and 17-15 on the road this season, is 5-5 against the next six opponents it faces.