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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Brooklyn Nets||-2.5 (-115)
|O 215.5 (-110)
|Dallas Mavericks||+2.5 (-105)
|U 215.5 (-110)
The Dallas Mavericks are coming off of back-to-back losses against two of the weakest teams in the Western Conference. While Brooklyn are coming off of a loss themselves, they’re in a solid run of form and always have the offensive ability to take down their opponent.
Brooklyn Nets def. Dallas Mavericks (-140)
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|Brooklyn Nets||Head-to-Head||Dallas Mavericks|
|Steve Nash||Head Coach||Jason Kidd|
|16-7 (1st in East)||Standing||11-11 (6th in West)|
|110.2 (11th of 30)||Off Rtg||107.7 (21st of 30)|
|106.5 (5th of 30)||Def Rtg||109.4 (18th of 30)|
|99.3 (9th of 30)||Pace||96.6 (25th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|K. Durant (28.6)||PPG||L. Doncic (25.4)|
|J. Harden (7.9)||RPG||L. Doncic (8.1)|
|J. Harden (9.5)||APG||L. Doncic (8.5)|
|J. Harden (1.5)||SPG||D. Finney-Smith (1.5)|
|L. Aldridge (1.1)||BPG||K. Porzingis (1.7)|
|L. Aldridge (.570)/K. Durant (10.4)||FG%/FGM||B. Marjanovic (.644)/L. Doncic (9.4)|
|P. Mills (.474)/P. Mills (3.1)||3P%/3PM||T. Burke (.417)/L. Doncic (2.7)|
|Kyrie Irving||Brooklyn Nets||23 Oct 2021||Out (Not With Team)||Irving is not with the Nets and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Joe Harris||Brooklyn Nets||29 Nov 2021||Out (Ankle)||Harris will undergo ankle surgery and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Willie Cauley-Stein||Dallas Mavericks||6 Dec 2021||Out (Personal)||Cauley-Stein is out for Tuesday’s matchup against Brooklyn.|
|Luka Doncic||Dallas Mavericks||6 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Ankle)||Doncic is questionable for Dallas’ Tuesday (Dec 7) game.|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||Dallas Mavericks||6 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Knee)||Hardaway Jr. is questionable for Dallas’ Tuesday (Dec 7) game.|
|Kristaps Porzingis||Dallas Mavericks||6 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Knee)||Porzingis is questionable for Dallas’ Tuesday (Dec 7) game.|
While the Mavericks have been short in terms of their personnel in recent games, the Nets cannot look past their opponents. If they want to beat Dallas on the first game of their four-game road trip, Brooklyn must push the pace early.
In Brooklyn’s last game against the Bulls, head coach Steve Nash’s team opened the game with a 34-point first quarter. In comparison, Dallas have scored a total of just 37 points in their last two first quarters.
It’s clear that the Mavericks are struggling on the offensive end of the ball. Should Brooklyn want to take out the Western Conference hopefuls early, they need to be aggressive from the tip.
JAMES HARDEN PUTBACK SLAM! ?
— NBA (@NBA) December 1, 2021
When the Brooklyn Nets take on the Dallas Mavericks, they’ll be up against a young and energetic squad. Former league MVP James Harden needs to make an efficient impact with his scoring.
In his last game, a loss to the Chicago Bulls, James Harden was dreadful shooting the ball. Harden posted 14 points, 14 assists, and 7 rebounds, but shot just 5 of 21 from the field and 1 of 5 from three.
Harden may not have committed any turnovers in his last match, but missing 16 shots in the game may as well be turning over the ball. A talented scorer on every inch of the court, Harden must take advantage of a defence-averse Mavericks squad.
The Dallas Mavericks have a tall task in front of them when they face the Brooklyn Nets. If Dallas want to beat Brooklyn, they must limit Brooklyn’s ball movement.
In wins, the Brooklyn Nets average 27.3 assists on 40.9 field goals. In losses, Brooklyn averages 21.6 assists on 37.7 field goals. Defence is obviously the key, but Dallas must limit the opportunities afforded from their star’s playmaking ability.
Simply limiting additional opportunities for the Nets is easier said than done. Not the most consistent defence in the NBA, the Mavericks will need to find a defensive game that they rarely showcase.
Cue the Timmy Shimmy ?♂️ pic.twitter.com/lvX1b1LYPC
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 5, 2021
The Dallas Mavericks have been significantly undermanned as of late, a big reason for their recent losses. While Doncic and Porzingis are expected to play, they’re not a lock. With uncertainty surrounding the Mavericks’ lineup, Tim Hardaway Jr. becomes their leader.
In Dallas’ recent loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Hardaway Jr. was the Mavericks’ sole bright spot. He posted 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals on 7 of 18 shooting from the field and 5 of 9 shooting from three.
Should Doncic, Porzingis, or both be unavailable for this game, Tim Hardaway Jr. needs to step up as Dallas’ primary offensive player. Should either or both of their European superstars play in this match, Hardaway Jr. still needs to produce to take down a strong Brooklyn Nets team.
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|Brooklyn Nets vs Dallas Mavericks Information|
|Teams||Brooklyn Nets vs. Dallas Mavericks|
|Location||American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, December 7th, 2021|
|How to Watch||TNT|
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