Watch the Mavericks Power Ranking: Take 2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back


The Dallas Mavericks Continuing to lurch back and forth, between a team capable of easily beating the league’s elite and looking lifeless versus the lower echelon. This is reflected in their record, and accounts for lifetimes up to one game. No bullets carried by Mavericks are safe. There is no sure game.


This is likely why they continue to move up and down our power ratings across the NBA landscape. Since dropping two in a row to Orlando Magic And the Washington Wizards Mavericks won vs Portland Trail Blazers And the Los Angeles Clippers. Such is the story of this season.

the athlete

Ranking: 10 (Tier 3: Qualifying Teams)

Last week: 7

Good wins: memphis, Toronto and Portland. The Dallas Mavericks have had some great performances on their resume so far this season. They beat Memphis by 41, outplayed Toronto in a really fun game and recovered from two embarrassing losses by dropping Portland this weekend.

Huge losses: Oklahoma City, Orlando, and Washington. The Mavs have had some strange losses in their schedule so far, and two of them happened back-to-back this week. Losing Washington is less awful, but how the hell did they not even clinch by 90 points against Orlando?

I’m not sure how you feel: Wins over Brooklyn and Utah. They caught Brooklyn at a very dysfunctional time for the Nets (when hasn’t that been the case?), and a Utah win might not look so hot by the end of the season.

what does that mean? The Mavs have one of the toughest schedules in the NBA yet, which makes those bad losses all the more confusing. They should have viewed these toys as gifts, although perhaps they did and that is why they did not come with them the way they should. They are still trying to achieve some balance in attack Luka Donjicbecause it brings up a historical usage rate. Spencer Dinwiddie He burns as his competition mate, but they will need Christian Wood To be healthy and Tim Hardaway Jr To start soon. Tough schedule this coming week, but all four are home.

Sports Illustrated

Rank: 10

Last week: 7

Dallas had two wins (Brooklyn and Portland) and two losses (Orlando and Washington) last week. The Mavericks’ success begins and ends with Luka Donjic, who is averaging 34.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists this season. In the Mavs 117-112 win over the Trail Blazers, the sixth-best defensive team in the league, Dončić scored his fourth 40-point, triple-double. For the slowest-paced team in the league, the Mavericks are fifth in the league in effective field goal percentage and eighth on three-pointers per game. They have the eighth best offensive team in the league.


Rank: 7

Last week: 8

It may be so, with a historic high Usage rate (Third highest in 27 seasons of play-by-play data), Luka Doncic will look sleazy from time to time. The 23-year-old seemed to hit a wall last week, shooting 17-for-50 as the Mavs lost back-to-back ends in Orlando and Washington. Not coincidentally, these were two of The three worst offensive games for the Mavs this season (97.5 points scored per 100 possessions during the two matches). When you’re so dependent on one guy, you need that guy to be good. mavs now 7-1 When Doncic has a real shooting percentage above 60% and 0-4 when he hasn’t.

Returning to fitness on Saturday, he scored 42 points (13-for-22 shooting and 15-for-18 from the line), grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out 10 assists against Portland. Doncic tied the match Typical Systematic Engine With 3 1/2 minutes to go. But it was Spencer Dinwiddie who used up three straight threes to win the match for the Mavs. Dinwiddie is 6 for 10 in clutch 3s (including playoffs) since coming to the Mavs in February 10 of the Mavs 12 games are now within five points in the last five minutes, and it’s nice to have options (or outlets) down sprawl.

The Mavs are 6-1 at home and still have four more games to go as they play 10 of 12 at the American Airlines Center. They’ll have a relief advantage against the Clippers on Tuesday, but will be at a huge disadvantage when they host the Rockets the next night.


Rank: 10

Last week: 9

Reggie Bullock He was on a 3 of 25 funk from 3-point range before making 4 3s in the fourth quarter Tuesday night to help the Mavs fend off a Clippers comeback attempt. “I was so happy for him,” Luka Doncic He said. “A lot of people put a lot of pressure on Reggie, talking about he can’t hit the ball. But the things he does on the court for us don’t show up in the stats very often.” – McMahon

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