Numbers of note: Mavs nearing finish line
12: If the Mavericks can’t buck the overwhelming odds against them to sneak into the playoffs and extend their run of 12 consecutive trips to the postseason, Denver will supplant Dallas as the No. 2 team on that list with a streak of 10 consecutive playoff seasons. The Nuggets, of course, visit American Airlines Center on Friday night. (Southwest Division champion San Antonio will make its 16th straight postseason appearance this spring.)
3: With his old friends from Phoenix in town, Shawn Marion will be trying Wednesday night to reach the 20-point plateau for the third consecutive game, something he hasn’t managed since February 2007. Marion has also posted two 25-and-10 games in his last 19 appearances for the Mavs, after the 34-year-old crafted just two such games in his first 260 regular-season games in Dallas.
0: One of the many areas that cost the Mavericks this season has been their total inability to beat elite teams on the road. They’re 0-12 this season in road games against teams with records of .600 or better.
6: Dirk Nowitzki's six single-digit scoring games in 2012-13 are his most in any one season, not counting his rookie season. Nowitzki has averaged just 11.5 points on 40.9-percent shooting in Dallas’ past four games.
10: The Mavericks’ highest position in ESPN.com’s weekly NBA Power Rankings was No. 10 … but that was way back in the preseason edition of the rankings on Sept. 28. They haven’t been higher than No. 15 since Week 3 of the regular season began Nov. 19.
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Play Podcast Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.
Play Podcast Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.
Play Podcast Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.
Play Podcast Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.
Play Podcast ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.
Play Podcast Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.
Play Podcast ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.