DALLAS -- It's easy to get caught up in the schedule ahead -- Wednesday at Oklahoma City, Friday at San Antonio and Saturday at home against the Super Friends (Miami Heat) -- but the Dallas Mavericks can't afford to look past the Detroit Pistons tonight.
Any team that comes through the AAC these days deserves their undivided attention. At 4-3 on their home floor, the Mavs' desire to improve their home record after last season has fallen on more than one flat performance this season.
"Yeah, Detroit, exactly," Mavs forward Shawn Marion said. "Even the teams that are considered the worst teams in the NBA, they can go out and beat you any night. You got to come out and play every night. They got weapons on every team. You got to be ready."
Memphis, Denver and Chicago have all come to town and left with victories in different ways. The Mavs coughed up 10 turnovers agains the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets held Dallas to 13 fourth-quarter points and the Bulls scored 25 second-chance points to erase a double-digit deficit. Meanwhile, the Mavs improved to 4-1 on the road after Saturday's win at Atlanta.
The Pistons started the season 0-5, but have since gone 5-3. A win over Golden State is their lone victory against a team with at least a .500 record.
"Four [games] in five nights is always tough, I don’t care who you play," Dirk Nowitzki said. "We definitely haven’t played well at home lately so we have to get one [tonight] before we head out on the road."