On Sunday night, the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors defeated the seventh-seeded Suns, dropping Phoenix down to ninth in the Western Conference playoff picture. But then the Dallas Mavericks beat the Pacers at home, putting them in the seventh position, setting up yet another pivotal game for the Warriors.
It may not be a do-or-die situation, but the Warriors hold a two-game cushion over the Mavericks for the sixth seed, and a win on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena would do wonders not only to widen the gap between them and the Mavericks, but also to inch closer to the fifth-seeded Trail Blazers, who are 3.5 games ahead of the Warriors.
Yes, as we enter the stretch run of regular season, it is time to start looking at the standings, but what ultimately matters is how the teams match up on the court. The Mavericks have played the Warriors tough this season, as they boast a lineup consisting of future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki and former Warrior Monta Ellis. The last time these two teams met, the Warriors pulled out a 105-103 victory thanks to a Stephen Curry game-winning jumper.
His heroics may be needed again on Tuesday night, as this should be a close, intense game.
Tale of the Tape
- Points per game: 103.4 (10th)
- Field-goal percentage: 45.7 (12th)
- Three-point percentage: 37.5% (T-7th)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.3% (T-2nd)
- Rebounds per game: 45.7 (T-2nd)
- Turnovers: 15.3 (T-27th)
- Points per game: 104.4 (T-8th)
- Field-goal percentage: 47.3% (6th)
- Three-point percentage: 37.8% (5th)
- Defensive field-goal percentage: 46.5% (T-26th)
- Rebounds per game: 40.2 (27th)
- Turnovers: 13.0 (4th)
Via Warriors.com game notes:
- The Warriors took the season series (2-1) from the Mavs in 2012-13, the first time they’ve done so since sweeping them in 2006-07 and just the third time since 1999-00.
- Stephen Curry hit his first game-winner of the season against the Mavericks on 12/11, connecting on the go-ahead bucket with 1.5 seconds remaining.
- Andrew Bogut’s career average of 14.7 points vs. the Mavericks is his highest vs. any single opponent and his 11.4 rebounds are his second best figure against any team.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) and Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain/right foot inflammation) are out.
GOLDEN STATE (40-24)
- F Andre Iguodala (9.4 PPG)
- F David Lee (18.6 PPG)
- C Andrew Bogut (7.8 PPG)
- G Klay Thompson (17.8 PPG)
- G Stephen Curry (23.8 PPG)
- F Shawn Marion (10.5 PPG)
- F Dirk Nowitzki (21.5 PPG)
- C Samuel Dalembert (6.3 PPG)
- G Monta Ellis (18.9 PPG)
- G Jose Calderon (11.6 PPG)
Tip-off: 7:30 PST
Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
Tags: Golden State Warriors