Knicks @ Mavericks – American Airlines Arena
When: Wednesday | 8:30 PM
Where to Watch: MSG Networks
Where to Listen: ESPN 98.7 FM
New York: After a brief stint in the loss column, the Knicks are putting together another winning streak after demolishing the Hornets on Tuesday night. New York has only suffered one road loss this season and continues to impress with the league’s best record at 8-1. The Knicks are in the midst of a three-game road trip with a stop in Dallas on Wednesday and a matchup against the Rockets on Friday evening.
Dallas: The loss to the Knicks on November 9 started a three-game slide for the Mavericks. Last Wednesday, Dallas snapped the skid against the Wizards but the squad has lost two of its last three outings, including an overtime to defeat to Golden State on Monday night. After a strong start, the Mavericks have dropped to 6-6 on the season with a difficult schedule on the horizon. Dallas will face the Knicks tonight, followed by a home game against the Lakers, then back-to-back contests in Philadelphia and Chicago. Franchise star, Dirk Nowitzki remains sidelined due to an arthroscopic surgery that was performed on his right knee on October 19. Nowitzki said he’s about two weeks away from a return to the floor to start shooting and conditioning.
Last Time Out
New York: Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his 29 points in the first quarter to propel the Knicks to a 102-80 win in New Orleans on Tuesday night.
Dallas: The Mavericks were dropped 105-101 to Golden State as Stephen Curry 31 points and dished out nine assists.
The Numbers Game
The Knicks average point differential through nine games and an 8-1 record is +11.8.
Match-up to Watch
Jason Kidd vs. O.J. Mayo
In his first appearance against the Knicks on November 9, O.J. Mayo scored 23 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the floor and an impressive 5-of-10 behind the arc. Mayo is enjoying a career season, averaging 21.8 points per game, an increase of three points from his rookie season in Memphis. The shooting guard has thrived in Dallas’ starting lineup, especially with Nowitzki out of the lineup. Jason Kidd is an excellent defender and he has displayed a knack for creating havoc at the shooting guard position. New York’s backcourt will need to lockdown Mayo to force the other Mavericks into creating their own offensive production.
What to Look For
The blowout victory for the Knicks last night was big for several reasons. Not only did the team improve to 8-1 but head coach Mike Woodson was able to rest his starters in the fourth quarter to prepare for the second game of a back-to-back against the Mavericks. Tyson Chandler only played 18 minutes, Anthony registered 28, and Felton earned some time on the pine in the final period. New York should be equipped to deal with the second back-to-back of the season and prepare to face a team with revenge on its mind. Kidd will make his first appearance back in Dallas after the point guard decided to join the Knicks this summer.