The Dallas Mavericks (5-8) host the Utah Jazz (7-6) on Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Currently, the Dallas Mavericks are on the best run of the season after winning three of the past four games. Defense is arguably the most improved aspect to the team’s impressive success.
However, the test will come during the meeting against Utah. The Jazz have beaten the Mavericks twice this season and are currently on a five-game win streak against Dallas.
Dallas’ defense has limited the Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder to under 100 points, which is the most efficient defense the Mavericks have showcased this season.
On the other hand, the Utah Jazz has been the nemesis.
In their recent matchup on October 28, the Jazz shot 52.5 percent from the field which helped the team beat Dallas 113-104. Last Wednesday, the Jazz shot 48.3 percent from the field which helped the team win at home 117-102.
Nonetheless, since the Mavericks lost to the Jazz last week, the team tightened up their defense and limited the Thunder to just 39.2 percent from the field during the 111-96 victory. On Saturday against the Bulls, the team held Chicago to just 39.3 percent while Chicago made just 8-of-35 attempts from beyond the arc in the home loss.
Luca Doncic is averaging 19.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists and is currently on pace to impressive company. Doncic could join Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Larry Bird as the only rookies to average 20/6/4 in a season.
However, Doncic wasn’t like himself against Chicago, making just 3-of-12 attempts from the field for 11 points against the Bulls but was able to manage six rebounds and three assists.
On the other hand, Utah guard Donovan Mitchell record 43 points and 11 assists in both games against Dallas this season. On Wednesday, Utah was able to convert the 25 turnovers committed by Dallas into 35 points.
Tonight’s matchup showcase two of the most physical centers in the league DeAndre Jordan and Rudy Gobert.