Don’t look now, but the Dallas Mavericks have righted the ship after a difficult start. 6-4 over their last ten, the Mavs now own a .500 record at home and a new confidence, despite injuries to key personnel. The Mavs are chasing Portland and Denver for the number eight spot in the Western Conference, with a chance to pick up a full game Tuesday against the visiting Trail Blazers.
Indiana University alum (like Mavs owner Mark Cuban) Yogi Ferrell is performing point guard magic nightly for the Mavericks, and he’ll be fun to watch against the highly regarded guard tandem in Portland — Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The Mavs didn’t fare as well chasing down the Nuggets in Denver this week, dropping a 110-87 contest. But with Dirk Nowitzki taking just eight shots in 24 minutes against Denver, the Mavs should be ready to run against the Blazers at home. Neither team had a player selected to the Western Conference All-Star Game roster — so they won’t be caught looking ahead.