This isn’t your older brother’s Dallas Mavericks. At the time of this writing, Dallas is sporting a 22-28 record that is good for 11th in the Western Conference. They are middle of the pack offensively (scoring 102.2 points per 100 possessions), but just 21st in the league on defense (allowing 104.1 points per 100). Dirk Nowitzki is a shell of himself, there isn’t a legitimate front-court presence in the line of Tyson Chandler, and while OJ Mayo has been tremendous on a 1-year deal, no one is scared of anyone on this roster. With all of that said, this is a road game, and since Dallas is 14-9 within the confines of the American Airlines Center while the Hawks are just 10-13 away from home, it still presents a challenge. The Jeff Teague/Darren Collison match-up will be key for the Hawks in this spot, but stopping OJ Mayo will probably be the single biggest key. Who draws the assignment? I’d assume that even a semi-healthy Deshawn Stevenson would see time here, but with his health status, Devin Harris should be the one that garners most of the minutes on Mayo. This is a rare spot where a Harris/Teague backcourt wouldn’t be at a significant size advantage, and that plays into the thoughts of Larry Drew when deploying those two together. Up front, Josh Smith and Shawn Marion will square off in a battle of unique skill-sets, but keeping Chris Kaman in check should be the focal point of the attention in the frontcourt. In addition to Dallas being the tougher of the two opponents on the schedule, it should also be the more entertaining style contrast, and that makes for a must-see.
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Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Dallas Mavericks
What?: East Coast vs West Coast Showdown (Game #50, Road Game #24)
Where?: American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)
When?: Monday, Feb.11, 2013 – 8:30 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Devin Harris | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Darren Collison | SG: O.J. Mayo | SF: Shawn Marion | PF: Dirk Nowitzki | C: Bernard James
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Lou Williams (torn right ACL) is out.
Dallas Mavericks: Chris Kaman (concussion) is out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (27-22) … Dallas Mavericks (22-28)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 2 … Dallas Mavericks –> OVERALL: Won 2 / HOME: Won 2 / ROAD: Lost 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (10-13) away … Mavs are (14-9) away.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold.
Dallas Mavericks: Lukewarm.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks take on the Mavericks for the first-of-two times this season and the first at Dallas. The Hawks took last season’s series, 1-0, taking a 106-89 home win on 4/26/12. Dallas won 2-0 the prior season, and the teams split at one apiece the previous three years. Atlanta has a one-game losing streak on the road in Dallas, and has dropped six-of-the-last-seven there. Atlanta leads the all-time series, 32-30, with a 14-17 road mark.
Atlanta scout/asst. coach Greg Ballard served as an assistant coach with the Mavericks in 1993-94. Devin Harris was with the Mavericks from 2004-08. DeShawn Stevenson played for Dallas from 2009-11, winning a championship ring in 2011. Jae Crowder is a native of Villa Rica, GA.
Information was used from the Hawks and Mavericks official gamenotes