Nov 27, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis (11) drives to the basket past Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Warriors 103-99. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Monta Ellis Returns to Golden State as Warriors Host Mavericks

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Which player leads the NBA in drives per game? The former Warrior and current Dallas Maverick currently leads the NBA in total drives with 231. Ellis, averaging a team best 21.5 points per game, is leading the league with 7.9 points per game on drives via SportVU statistics.

Ellis has always been a dominant offensive force, but his selfishness and need for the ball led to his eventual departure from Golden State in return for center Andrew Bogut. Ellis and his Mavs, (13-9) are in the top 10 of the league with 103.4  points per game and 46.0 percent shooting.

The Warriors play seven of their next nine games at home including their next two against the Mavericks and Houston Rockets respectively.  In Golden State’s first game against the Mavericks, Curry scored 29 points in the team’s 103-99 loss back on November 27th.

The Mavs lineup is different last year than last, adding Devin Harris, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, and Dejuan Blair to the mix. Blair, a former San Antonio Spurs benchwarmer, is the Mavericks current starting center and their leading rebounder. Tonight he will battle Andrew Bogut, whose minutes have decreased as the season has progressed. Head coach Mark Jackson is playing Bogut on average only minutes per game. Bogut has only played more than 30 minutes once in his last seven outings. So far, Bogut is yet to miss any time with injury but that can change at any moment. In his decreased  minutes, Bogut rebounding numbers are the same as his career average, his shooting percentage has increased to almost 60 percent, but his scoring numbers are actually slightly down.

Wednesday night the Mavs finish off their four game road trip in hopes of taking their third  win in four tries, but the Warriors coming off two consecutive home victories, and six of eight to start the season are trying to better their record at home.

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