The Dallas Mavericks will kick off their 2021 campaign against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night. The Mavericks finished the 2020 season with a 42-30 record, which was fifth in the Western Conference. The Hawks finished the 2020 season with a 41-31 record, which was fifth in the Eastern Conference.
Atlanta is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Dallas.
Mavericks Hoping To Get Out Of First Round This SeasonThe Mavericks made the playoffs last season, for the second year in a row, but they were bounced in the first round once again. They hired Jason Kidd in the offseason to lead the charge and they’re hoping to get past the first round this year.
Feron flyin' 😮😮😮 pic.twitter.com/3VEkCrpqdw— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) October 16, 2021
Dallas averaged 112.4 points per game last season. They made 47 percent of their field goals and 38.1 percent of their three-pointers.
Luka Doncic has established himself as an MVP contender this season, after averaging 27.7 points, eight rebounds, and 8.6 assists per game last season. Kristaps Porzingis led the team in rebounding. He averaged 20.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
Dallas played well defensively last season, giving up 111.1 points per game. Despite their performance, they will need to improve on the defensive end if they want to be considered legitimate contenders.
Hawks Hoping For Deep Playoff RunThe Hawks ended their three-year playoff drought last season and surprised a lot of people by making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual champions in six games. With the team bringing back their young core, expectations are very high in Atlanta this season.
We back tomorrow 😎 pic.twitter.com/cbMQDx7Zd8— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) October 20, 2021
Atlanta averaged 113.7 points per game last season. They made 46.8 percent of their field goals and 33.4 percent of their three-pointers.
Trae Young led Atlanta in scoring and assists last season. He averaged 25.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 9.4 assists per game. John Collins averaged 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds per game, while Clint Capela, who led the team in rebounding, averaged 15.2 points and 14.3 rebounds per game.
Atlanta also played well defensively last season, giving up 110.7 points per game. With Nate McMillan having an entire offseason to implement his system, expect them to be better this season.
- 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Western Conference.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Southwest Division.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games against Atlanta.