DALLAS -- The Mavericks are 2-0 on the road and looking to avoid a sub-.500 record at home when the Denver Nuggets pay a visit Saturday night.
A bland home team last season, the Dallas Mavericks slipped into an old trap last week when the Memphis Grizzlies stole a win at the American Airlines Center to drop the Mavs to 1-1 on their home floor. Last year, the Mavs' 28-13 home record was third-worst among Western Conference playoff teams.
"We've got to win games in here," coach Rick Carlisle said Friday. "Home court is the other priority this year. First two games we played well. The second game against Memphis, we had a few untimely lapses which cost us. That can’t be the case tomorrow. Denver’s a team that’s going to be opportunistic, just like Memphis was. It’s got to be 48 solid minutes. We’ve got to use our depth and we’ve got to play our game."
Much of the same was said throughout last season, yet time after time, the Mavs played low-intensity, uninspired basketball on their home floor and allowed teams with lesser records to hang around and sometimes prevail as the Grizzlies did the other night.
The Nuggets present the stiffest home challenge of the early season, and they'll be ready after losing at home to the Mavs on Wednesday.
"We definitely want to get this one and the reason is because we’re trying to be a better team at home," Jason Terry said. "The only way to do that is to win games."