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The Indiana Pacers will hosting the Mavericks.
They started out with a horrendues three-game losing streak, snapping it, and then going on a five-game win-streak. Then, the five-game win-streak got snapped and they went on to go on a four-game losing-streak, and snapping that, and now they are on a one-game win-streak.
Did you get that? Let’s hope. Yes, I know, this season has been a bit awkward as streaks of wins and losses continue. Hopefully, this streak continues. Just like the Pacers, the Mavs are also on a one-game win-streak.
Mike Dunleavy, who hasn’t played all season yet and missed most of last year, is finally back and he may play, hopefully. Danny Granger is doubtful for today’s game. Travis Diener is still injured.
For the Mavericks, Josh Howard and Erick Dampier–who leads the team in blocks–will be out today. Quinton Ross and Shawn Marion have a possible chance of playing.
But if Granger does not play, Dunleavy will most probably play. Jim O’Brien also thinks so.
“I anticipate (Dunleavy) should not be out much longer,” coach Jim O’Brien told ESPN, “and I would say based on what Danny’s situation is, I would suspect he needs to get back on the court.”
Troy Murphy went off to a great start two days ago against the Clippers, leading the team with 18 points and eleven rebounds after missing many games. Hopefully he had a good Thanksgiving dinner, saying he eats pasta on the holiday.
The Pacers will be facing a tough Mavericks team. And at 11-4, let’s hope they don’t get intimidated with the records. According to the statistics, the Mavericks look like an overall better team, averaging more points and allowing opponents fewer points per game.
The Mavericks also coming off their biggest win of the season, destroying the Rockets 130-99.
Jason Kidd also looks to add to his assists’ record, already reaching second all-time in NBA History, behind John Stockton. But at Kidd’s age, it’d be impossible to reach that feat as Stockton is about 5,000 assists ahead of Jason’s total.
“Some records are meant to stay where they are,” Kidd said. “I don’t see anybody breaking that any time soon.”
But listen, I’m not saying this as a Pacers fan, but with the streaks, I think they can win this game. I predict them winning this. Also, according to ESPN’s AccuScore Predictions, they say the Pacers have a 55% chance of winning this and are the favorites as they have been on top at Conseco Fieldhouse.
They also beat the Boston Celtics there so I wouldn’t see this as much of a surprise. The Mavericks have a 45% chance of winning this game.
I think the Pacers will come on top.
Also check out Fansided’s Mavericks blog, The Smoking Cuban.
Topics: Boston Celtics, Conseco Fieldhouse, Dallas Mavericks, Danny Granger, Erick Dampier, Indiana Pacers, Jason Kidd, Jim O'Brien, John Stockton, Josh Howard, Los Angeles Clippers, Mike Dunleavy, NBA, Quinton Ross, Shawn Marion, Travis Diener, Troy Murphy, Utah Jazz