Dallas Mavericks aim defense upgrade

Dallas Mavericks aim defense upgrade

The Dallas Mavericks is looking to improve their defense when they meet with Memphis Grizzlies for the last time in the regular season. This will be the fourth meeting between these two teams in the regular season. From those meetings, it was the Grizzlies who has the advantage, winning two games from their three. Coming into this game, these two teams are from their own winning run. The Mavericks are in a two-game winning streak, winning against the Spurs and the Lakers. On the other hand, the Grizzlies won five of their last six matches, including a 133-119 win against the Warriors. Grizzlies will host this match on March 21, 2023, at 8:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams are from the West, but the hosts are the better team when looking at the standings. They are currently at the third in the West, despite not having one of their main men due to a suspension. From their 70 matches this season, they were able to list 43 wins, with 29 of which coming at home. On the other hand, the visitors are at the sixth of the league table with 36 wins from their 71 games. However, playing on the road does not look optimistic for them as they only won 14 of their 35 games away from home. They are hopeful to extend their streak to improve their place in the standings.

Dallas Mavericks

NBA: Dallas Mavericks
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The Mavericks failed to be consistent this season, which brings them to a streaky season, even if they already acquired Kyrie Irving. From the middle of February, the Mavericks already lost to nine of their last 12 games. Two of those losses are coming from the Grizzlies, but are lucky to bounce back, winning two consecutive matches against the Spurs and the Lakers. On their last match, Kleber’s buzzer beater gives the Mavericks the crucial win that they need. Defense have been their number one problem in their campaign, an issue they need to address. In fact, on the road, they have been the 24th when it comes to defense efficiency. Fortunately, they are doing quite well from beyond the arc, shooting over 37.2%. However, they are not that impressive when it comes to the free-throw line, as they are shooting just 75.2%. Offensively, they are at the 17th with 113.8 points per game, and 14th in defense, allowing 113.3 points.

Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks almost everywhere with 33 points per game, 8.6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. However, he remains to be the out for the Mavericks due to his thigh injury. Kyrie Irving on the other hand, who is the second leading scorer for the Mavericks, is still a doubt in this game. He remains to be a doubt despite playing on their last match.

Memphis Grizzlies

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
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Home games always work at the advantage of the Grizzlies, as they are doing well in that area, winning 29 games. Their team’s name have been controversial recently, following the suspension of Ja Morant. However, even without his services, the team is surprisingly doing really well. They just continue finding wins, especially winning at home, which is their advantage. They managed to win five of their last six meetings, including an overtime win against the Spurs. From that win, they also won their match against the Warriors over the weekend, playing tight defense against the Warriors. However, they failed to take care of their business in the three-point line, shooting only 34.7%. This is also their case in the free-throw line, as they only shoot 72.6%. Offensively, they are at the 10th with 116.1 points per game, and sixth in defense, allowing 112.2 points per game.

With the absence of Morant, Desmond Bane, who is scoring 21.2 points per game, is expected to lead the Grizzlies. Ja Morant remains to be suspended, following his controversy, but the Grizzlies are trying to make an appeal. Adams, Clarke, and Williams Jr., are also out in this game, following their injuries.

Prediction:

Memphis Grizzlies
Total Under: 115.5
Odds: 0.86

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