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Saturday, December 4, 2010
How high can winning streak go?

By Jeff Caplan



The Dallas Mavericks (15-4) play at the Sacramento Kings (4-13) at 9 tonight and despite it being the second game of a back-to-back, it would figure to be a game the Mavs can win to extend their winning streak to nine games. The Kings, coached by former Mavs assistant Paul Westphal, are 2-8 at the once deafening Arco Arena.

So how high can the Mavs' streak go?

The schedule remains favorable heading into next week as Dallas begins a season-long six-game homestand. The Mavs have won four in a row at the American Airlines Center. It starts Monday night against the Golden State Warriors (8-11, 3-7 road) and then against Devin Harris, Avery Johnson and the New Jersey Nets (6-14, 2-9 road) on Wednesday.

That sets up a Saturday rematch against the Utah Jazz (15-6, 7-2 road), who saw the Mavs snap their seven-game win streak in Salt Lake City with a dominant fourth quarter Friday night.

The homestand closes the following week against the Milwaukee Bucks (6-12, 2-8 road), the Portland Trail Blazers (8-11, 4-8 road) and the Phoenix Suns (10-9, 5-6 road).

The Mavs' longest winning streak last season was 13 games, coming after the big February trade. The San Antonio Spurs own the longest streak in the NBA this season at 12. The Mavs snapped that one on Nov. 26.

For the entire Mavs schedule, click here.