The Dallas Mavericks enter Sunday’s match up with the Oklahoma City Thunder tied for 7th in the West with the Memphis Grizzlies, only a half game ahead of the Phoenix Suns.
After playing OKC tonight to finish off a three-game Western Conference road trip, the Mavs will return home for a franchise-record eight-game home stand starting tomorrow, March 17 and will go all the way through April 1.
Going through the list of teams they’ll face during the home stand, the Mavericks are a combine 4-12 against them during the season.
All eight games are must-wins, but there’s no doubt, the Mavs NEED to win their first four, against teams with worst records, and five overall.
Dallas starts the home stand against the Celtics in the teams’ second meeting of the season. The Mavericks won in Boston in the first meeting.
The Mavericks will then host Minnesota and Denver, who the Mavs are 1-5 against this season. Dallas should be 0-6, but got away with a win against the T’Wolves in their previous meeting. Denver is 3-0 against Dallas, winning by two, five and 14 points, respectively.
From there, Dallas will play the Nets, Thunder, Clippers, Kings and Warriors.
The Mavs lost their only meeting with Brooklyn while facing the Thunder for the third and final time. They’ll play the Clippers one more time in LA and play the Warriors for a final time.
Dallas is 0-2 versus the Clips, but should’ve won both games. The Mavericks were up 123-106 with 4:35 left before the Clips finished on a 23-4 run to win in their previous meeting. In the first meeting, Dallas was up 110-103 with 3:50 remaining before the LA finished on a 16-2 run to win 119-112.
Golden State and Dallas were tied entering March 11 when the Warriors smashed the Mavs 108-85, holding Dirk Nowitzki to just 12 points.
The Mavericks are battling Golden State, Memphis and Phoenix for playoff position, and even the Blazers, who have fallen recently. Dallas will try to tie the season series with Golden State, and has the tiebreaker over the Grizzlies and Blazers. They’ll face the Suns one final time before season’s end.
If the Mavs can come away with six wins, they’ll have a good shot at the 6th and maybe even the 5th seed when the home stand ends.
After the home stand, the Mavs will have seven games remaining on their schedule, five on the road, two at home.