The schedule-makers did the Mavericks a solid this week. Each of their opponents will be playing the butt end of a back-to-back during this homestand.
A quick look at the Mavs’ schedule this week:
Golden State Warriors (7:30 p.m. Monday, American Airlines Center): The 5-5 Warriors are coming off a 119-109 loss in Oklahoma City, when guard Stephen Curry had 22 points and six assists. Curry hasn’t shot the ball very well this season, but he’s a threat to go off against any team, much less one that tends to allow too much dribble penetration. Power forward David Lee could present problems for Elton Brand with his quickness and athleticism. Lee has double-doubles in five of the last six games, with an 18-point, nine-rebound performance the exception.
New York Knicks (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, American Airlines Center): The Knicks have a stop in New Orleans on Tuesday before traveling to Dallas. Jason Kidd will be making his return to the AAC, and it’s difficult to argue with his decision to jump to the Knicks considering their 7-1 record. Carmelo Anthony lit it up for 31 points in the Knicks’ Nov. 9 win over the Mavs at Madison Square Garden. He’ll have to deal with Shawn Marion defending him in this meeting.
Los Angeles Lakers (7:30 p.m. Saturday, American Airlines Center): This will be the fourth game in five nights for the Lakers, who face the Grizzlies in Memphis on Friday night. Even without Steve Nash, whose return date is uncertain, the Lakers have started to resemble the juggernaut they were expected to be. They’ve rebounded from a 1-4 start to win four of their last five games, with a two-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs the lone setback. They’ve scored 114 and 119 points in the last two games. Their two superstars are doing their parts. Kobe Bryant leads the NBA with 26.4 points per game. Dwight Howard averages 20.0 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.