The Dallas Mavericks must be wondering what hit them. The last time they faced the Nuggets they were 33-29 and in good shape to make the playoffs. Their loss to Denver was one near the beginning of a long string, as the Mavericks have lost 10 of 12 to drop out of the current playoff seedings and put their post-season hopes in jeopardy. Injuries to Chandler Parsons and Deron Williams among others haven't helped matters, but this sort of fade is disappointing to say the least. Sunday's 133-111 blowout loss to the Sacramento Kings was just the latest humiliation.
The Nuggets, meanwhile, blew the Lakers away with some good bench play, found the L.A. nightlife while they hung around to face the Clippers, and promptly shot like they were eight drinks into a game of beer pong, getting flattened by the Clips 105-90 in a game that wasn't that close. The starters couldn't shoot their way out of a wet paper bag, something the Nuggets will need to correct if they want to win in front of the home crowd and help the Rockets out (since Denver would lose Houston's first rounder if Dallas beats the Rockets out for the last playoff spot).
|Dallas Mavericks||Denver Nuggets||Advantage|
|PG||Raymond Felton||Emmanuel Mudiay||Even
|SG||J.J. Barea||Gary Harris||Even
|SF||Wesley Matthews||JaKarr Sampson||Mavericks|
|PF||Dirk Nowitzki||Darrell Arthur||Mavericks|
|C||Zaza Pachulia||Nikola Jokic||Nuggets
|Bench||Devin Harris, J.J. Barea, David Lee, Salah Mejri, Charlie Villanueva, Dwight Powell, Justin Anderson||Will Barton, D.J. Augustin, Joffrey Lauvergne, Jusuf Nurkic, Jameer Nelson, Axel Toupane||Nuggets
DeAndre Jordan had 6 blocks vs. the Nuggets. Emmanuel Mudiay was on the receiving end of 3 of them. https://t.co/0XrKaSjaN7— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 27, 2016