Everyone is expecting the Mavericks to make a huge leap this year, but we don’t believe it will start here.
Game details: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks, Thu 10/21 >>
Dallas parted ways with long-time coach Rick Carlisle this offseason, so a new era is starting. Atlanta on the other hand had a lot of continuity with a great young core. It’ll take the Mavericks a bit of time for them to get used to playing under Jason Kidd, and the Hawks have a very significant home-court advantage.
Last year, Atlanta went 25-11 at home but just 16-20 on the road. Clearly, playing in their own stadium helps them.
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The Hawks, of course, made a thrilling run to the Eastern Conference Finals last year, so they enter Thursday night with a lot of momentum. They’ll want to prove that their postseason run wasn’t any fluke, and we’re expecting them to make a statement here.
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis just don’t mesh well for the Mavs. Doncic might be a little better than Trae Young, but Young’s supporting cast is much better.
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