It’s amazing how good this team looks when the threes are falling, huh? Dallas hit 15-of-33 from behind the arc last night against the New York Knicks, the fourth time all season the Mavs have reached at least that mark, per Basketball-Reference. Dallas is 3-1 in those games.
Dallas has the ball-handling and spacing ability to generate a good look at a three on almost every possession, so if the Mavericks get hot, it’s nearly impossible to beat them. That’s exactly what happened yesterday, and it’s something the club will hope to replicate against the Detroit Pistons.
Even beyond the statistics the Pistons are still a dangerous team. This is a club that grabbed a road win against Phoenix last Friday and another win at Sacramento the night after. Those games came a week after Detroit lost back-to-back games in overtime before losing to OKC by two. A 5-20 record looks bad on paper, but this is a club that is completely capable of keeping games close. Elsewhere during the season, Detroit has lost to the Clippers by six, the Suns by two, the Wizards (on the road) by four, and the Grizzlies (on the road) by just seven. They’ve played well against the best teams in the league, so Dallas must be on its guard.