|Last 5 Games||5-0||+5.4||4-1||2-3||109.0||52.0||50.1%||54.4||95.4||45.8||44.2%||52.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||105.8||52.6||41-85||47.8%||6-18||34.3%||18-26||69.7%||54||13||24||21||9||15||7|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.1||49.3||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.6%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||103.6||52.1||40-85||47.2%||6-18||32.1%||18-25||69.8%||54||13||23||21||9||15||6|
|Stats Against (All Games)||100.8||51.1||38-85||44.5%||8-23||36.3%||17-23||73.3%||51||12||23||22||8||15||7|
|vs opponents averaging||98.5||49.6||37-82||45.4%||7-20||36.0%||17-22||75.9%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||104.2||53.3||39-86||44.7%||9-23||38.5%||18-24||75.9%||52||13||24||21||9||14||6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3||0||3-2||1-4||95.8||50.6||45.4%||49.8||99.4||49.6||43.3%||55.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.1||51.1||39-84||46.1%||7-20||36.9%||16-21||79.4%||49||9||23||21||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||103.2||51.2||39-84||46.7%||8-20||37.4%||17-21||78.5%||49||10||24||20||8||12||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||102.0||50.5||37-84||44.7%||8-22||35.9%||19-25||75.3%||53||12||22||19||9||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||98.6||49.6||37-82||45.4%||7-20||35.8%||17-23||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||100.8||49.6||37-83||44.6%||8-22||37.0%||18-24||76.7%||52||11||21||19||7||14||3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DENVER 95.7, DALLAS 95.9|
|3/19/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||114-104||W||9.5||W||218||P||43-96||44.8%||60||12||37-85||43.5%||51||14|
|3/25/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||86-110||L||-7||L||197||U||25-66||37.9%||42||13||41-85||48.2%||52||12|
|3/27/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||99-100||L||7||W||208.5||U||42-88||47.7%||48||15||35-76||46.1%||48||18|
|4/12/2013||@ DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||PORTLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||PHOENIX|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/14/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||91-92||L||9.5||W||206.5||U||37-83||44.6%||41||11||37-84||44.0%||57||15|
|4/2/2013||@ LA LAKERS||81-101||L||3.5||L||208||U||34-81||42.0%||43||13||36-81||44.4%||67||16|
|4/12/2013||DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/14/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||MEMPHIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|DENVER: GUARDS: TY LAWSON has emerged as the closest thing to a No. 1 option on this team, and despite his size, he's proven capable of playing full-time minutes. He'll continue to post big numbers in an up-tempo system that suits him perfectly . . . ANDRE MILLER will both back up Lawson and share the court with him at times (though Andre Iguodala figures to play a lot of two this season). The steady veteran is one of the league's most underrated sixth men . . . It's a bit surprising that EVAN FOURNIER is making the jump to the NBA this year. His size and skill combo will be nice on the wing one day, but he's unlikely to contribute this year . . . JULYAN STONE will be out until January after offseason hip surgery, but he should be Lawson's main backup upon his return. FORWARDS: DANILO GALLINARI is their most complete offensive player. If healthy, he's capable of being a 20-PPG scorer . . . ANDRE IGUODALA should enjoy the much faster pace Denver plays at. He'll see full-time minutes between both wing spots . . . KENNETH FARIED isn't a skilled big, but he's a high-energy guy who can get his own points off offensive rebounds . . . WILSON CHANDLER could end up leading their second unit in minutes and points . . . COREY BREWER is a front office favorite. He'll stay in the rotation as a defensive presence/glue guy . . . JORDAN HAMILTON could break into the rotation. He's one-dimensional, but has the offensive skills . . . Denver will try to solve the ANTHONY RANDOLPH riddle. Don't expect it to happen this year. CENTERS: Denver is all-in on internet punchline JaVALE McGEE. They'll give the athletic 7-footer every chance to become the star they think he can be. Whether the flaky McGee can capitalize is questionable . . . TIMOFEY MOZGOV is one of the NBA's best screeners, but his touches will be limited . . . KOSTA KOUFOS has quietly developed into a usable rotation player, but he might be squeezed out of minutes.|
|DALLAS: GUARDS: DARREN COLLISON's jump shot might be shaky, but he can get into the lane at will. He'll be a much different look than Jason Kidd had been in Big D . . . O.J. MAYO becomes the second option in this offense. He'll have the ball in his hands a lot . . . VINCE CARTER will come off the bench. At this point, he's a three-point specialist, and not a very good one . . . DELONTE WEST will back up both guard spots. Don't be surprised if he overtakes Collison at some point . . . RODDY BEAUBOIS can heat up in an instant, but he has work to do to make this rotation . . . DAHNTAY JONES is roster filler . . . DOMINIQUE JONES enters the year on the roster bubble . . . JARED CUNNINGHAM will learn the point guard position watching from the bench as a rookie. FORWARDS: After a slow start last season, DIRK NOWITZKI looked like the Dirk of old in the second half of the year. He's still got something left in the tank, but it's still unclear if the swelling in his knee will require surgery, something that would shelve him for more than a month . . . SHAWN MARION is still an important cog in Carlisle's creative defensive gameplans, so he'll keep playing big minutes despite his dwindling offensive skills . . . ELTON BRAND is still relevant, even behind Nowitzki, because of his ability to play some center . . . BRANDAN WRIGHT will be in and out of the rotation again, but he's now relatively healthy and showed signs of being a serviceable rotation player a year ago . . . Rookie Jae CROWDER profiles as a potentially solid second-unit player, but he'll be buried on this depth chart. CENTERS: CHRIS KAMAN gives Dallas some offensive skill at center, but he's not exactly the defensive presence they've needed. He'll log the bulk of the minutes here, but there are going to be a handful of games where the Mavs have to sit him and go small for defensive purposes . . . 27-year-old rookie BERNARD JAMES could fill Ian Mahinmi's old role of a shot-blocker/fouler off the bench.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (DENVER-DALLAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nuggets-Mavericks Preview* ===========================
Denver (54-24) at Dallas (38-40), 8:30 p.m. EDT
(AP) - Ty Lawson goes down with a torn right heel, the Denver Nuggets keep right on winning. Danilo Gallinari tears an ACL, they don't miss a beat.
The starless but selfless Nuggets have four chances left to set a franchise record with their 55th win, starting at Dallas on Friday night, before they try to parlay their deep roster into a deep playoff run.
The Mavericks won't be joining Denver in the postseason, missing out for the first time since 2000 - when Dirk Nowitzki was a baby-faced kid barely old enough to drink.
Although Gallinari is out for the season after injuring his left knee last week, Lawson hopes to return this weekend to test out his pain threshold and knock off some rust.
The Nuggets (54-24) hardly missed their top two scorers Wednesday night when they set a franchise record with their 21st straight home win, 96-86 over San Antonio.
The Nuggets are heading to the playoffs for the 10th straight season, but this time they're going there without a headliner.
That's not a bad thing.
After all, they were first-round fodder in all but one of those previous nine trips.
Without a go-to superstar, this year's Nuggets have none of that same star power that they once had but much more moxie built around unselfish ball movement and a philosophy of racing up and down the court to capitalize on young legs and high altitude.
Denver is an NBA-best 36-3 at home and hosts Portland on Sunday and Phoenix next week as the Nuggets seek yet another franchise mark for most home wins in a season since joining the NBA 37 years ago. Denver went 36-5 at home in 1976-77.
Rick Carlisle, whose Mavericks lost to the Nuggets in the second round in the 2009 playoffs, said the transformation in Denver has been extraordinary.
"It's quite a different team that's been put together in a different way. They've been very smart in the way they've done it. It's a strength-in-numbers type of outfit, a lot of depth, a lot of playmakers, a lot of speed, a lot of skill. ... With homecourt in the playoffs, they're going to be extremely dangerous."
The Nuggets are clinging to the third seed in the West, a game ahead of the Grizzlies and two ahead of the Clippers.
"That's the main goal, to get the No. 3 seed and get the home-court advantage going into the playoffs," said Wilson Chandler, who scored 29 against the Spurs.
Things didn't go so well for the Mavericks (38-40) on Wednesday night.
A 102-91 home loss to lowly Phoenix, which snapped a 10-game skid, put them on the brink of postseason elimination. The Lakers finished Dallas off a couple of hours later by beating Portland.
Just two years removed from the franchise's first championship, the Mavericks simply never recovered from Nowitzki missing the first 27 games after the first knee surgery of his career.
"We're going to try to win the next game to get this to .500," said Nowitzki, about to finish his 15th NBA season. "We'd love to finish with a positive record. That means something and we're going to fight for it."
The Mavericks will go into their third straight offseason of uncertainty after back-to-back seasons of teams filled with one-year or expiring contracts.
When Deron Williams spurned the Mavericks in free agency and Jason Kidd picked New York after saying he would return to Dallas, the Mavericks brought in Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman and Elton Brand. Vince Carter was back for a second year.
The Mavericks felt pretty good about their Plan B but figured on having Nowitzki the entire time. Instead, they essentially were without him for half the season because it took him another 10 games to find anything resembling a groove after his right knee simply couldn't make it through training camp.
"There's a lot of observations that can be made about this team," Carlisle said. "But I think the truth is, we're a team with parts that fit together a certain way. The collective disposition, the collective will, the collective understanding of each other. They've got to be there for us to play at our best. There have been times where really good shot making nights have been a deodorant for other flaws."
|Last Updated: 11/25/2014 10:53:55 PM EST|