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Five Quick Facts: Mavs Vs. Warriors as we get you ready for tonight's 7:30 tip at the AAC ...
1. The Warriors Are On Pace to Have The Best Record in NBA History
This may not exactly be a shock to most NBA fans, but the Warriors are currently sitting 61-6, just 12 wins away from the coveted 73-win mark with 15 games left to play. Considering their current trajectory and opponents remaining, the Warriors are very much in the hunt. At their current pace, the Warriors are set to finish the season 74-8.
2. The Mavs have been dominated by Golden State Over the Last Few Seasons
Since the 2012-13 season, the Mavs are just 3-10 against Golden State, and Steph Curry missed one of those outings. Ever since Steph Curry became, well, Steph Curry, the Mavs have not played well in this matchup. The Warriors play a brand of basketball that the Mavs just do not defend well, and when you’ve got a guy on your side that can do this, well you get the picture.
3. The Mavs are in the Midst of Their Worst W/L Stretch Since the 2012-13 Season.
Having lost six of their last seven, the Mavs haven’t been on the wrong side of games this many times since 2012-13 when they lost 10 of 11 from December 20th to January 9th. That season, the Mavs finished 41-41 to avoid their first losing season since Dirk’s second season in the league. This season, the danger of that first losing season in 16 years is very real, especially considering the Mavs' upcoming schedule.
4. The Mavs Have Time to Right the Ship
With 14 games remaining in the season, the Mavs face nine opponents who are just over or below .500, with only five current playoff locks left on the schedule. Of those nine opponents, however, the Mavs are a combined nine and seven, with three of those wins coming over Minnesota. Subtract the T-Wolves from the equation, and the Mavs are below .500 against their remaining schedule.
5. Steph Curry is a Beast Against Dallas
Since 2012-13, Steph has averaged 24.6 points per game against the Mavs in 11 games. Obviously he does this to a lot of teams, but Steph, and fellow teammate Klay Thompson love playing against the Mavs. (See the above video; even when Dallas does well, Steph does it better.) The fact is, the Mavs just don’t have much to throw at Curry in the way of defense. Their best perimeter defender, Wes Matthews, is a step slow since his Achilles injury (though he’s far ahead of anyone’s projections in his recovery), and you need to be 100-percent on your game to defend talents like Curry and Thompson.
Plus, Wes can’t exactly be in two places at once, can he?
Discuss tonight's matchup with us here on DB.com Boards and follow the DallasBasketball.com staff all day, starting with Fish (here on Twitter) who is at the morning shootaround, plus me, Matt Galatzan, and our guys Jonny Auping and Matthew Postins at the game tonight!