Two teams on similar streaks.
Dallas is 14-4, having won seven straight.
Utah is 15-5, having won seven straight.
The Mavs are a standout road team at 6-1. But Utah has won five straight at home.
"It's going to be a good game. There's going to be some hype surrounding it, not as much as the (much-hyped LeBron-at-Cleveland) game, but it should be a fun game to be a part of." – Utah's Deron Williams.
The Mavs' Number
How do the numbers play out during the teams' respective seven-game streaks? Dallas has outscored its foes 101-92.3 over the stretch. …
The Jazz' Number
… And during the same period, Utah has averaged 104.6 points and held opponents to 90.4 points.
It is rich. Utah fans delight in poking fun at Mavs owner Mark Cuban (and he enjoys absorbing the barbs.) Dirk Nowitzki's review of the place – "Utah is a bad city,'' a young Dirk once said before he's studied much American Geography – still echoes in the heads of Jazz fans. … In the last two seasons' visits to Utah, Dirk has received one-game suspensions for his involvement in rough play. … Of interest to Mavs fans: The work of Al Jefferson, a trade subject for the Mavs before they opted to use The DUST Chip on Tyson Chandler. … Dallas has lost its five visits to Salt Lake by an average of 12.8 points.
Again, the TV stuff: "Mavs Insider'' on FS Southwest at 8:30. At 9, I'll join Ro Blackman on "Mavs Live,'' the Mavs-Jazz pregame show. Bob Ortegel and Mark Followill have the play-by-play of the game (and I'll be doing the in-game chat on FOXSportsSouthwest.com … and Ro and I are back for the late, late post-game show on FS Southwest.
|Utah Jazz||Dallas Mavericks|
|Deron Williams||Jason Kidd|
|Raja Bell||DeShawn Stevenson|
|Andrei Kirilenko||Caron Butler|
|Paul Millsap||Dirk Nowitzki|
|Al Jefferson||Tyson Chandler|