NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Dallas Mavericks

Tired Mavericks could disappoint in Charlotte

March 19, 2022

Mavericks at Hornets

Spectrum Center – Charlotte, NC
7:00 PM ET

The NBA can be an unfair grind at times. And while nobody feels sorry for the talent-rich Dallas Mavericks, even they can fall victim to the rigors of the Association’s sometimes-mysterious schedule. Friday night, the Mavericks were thumped in Philly, losing 111-101 to the 76ers. Tonight, they’ll wrap up their five-game road trip in Charlotte, a team that should be well rested, as it hasn’t played since Wednesday.

While the Mavericks road trip was ultimately successful – beating the Rockets, Celtics and Nets to kick things off – they looked tired and overmatched in Philadelphia. Most notably, star guard Luka Doncic went just 5-for-20 from the floor, posting a lackluster 17-point night that included an uncharacteristic six turnovers.

Feels a little like the Mavericks have already packed their suitcases, doesn’t it?   

Charlotte, meanwhile, has a lot to play for. At 35-25, the Hornets currently sit in 10th place in the East and are within striking distance of the Hawks (35-35) and Nets (37-34). They should be ready to go when tired Dallas squad rolls into town tonight.

Jason Schlefsky’s pick: Charlotte PK (-110)

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