Monday, February 24, 2014
W2W4: Knicks vs. Mavericks
By Ian Begley
Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Monday night's Knicks-Mavericks game:
Help the man:Carmelo Anthony has been doing his part to put the Knicks (21-35) in a position to win. His teammates haven't always held up their end of the bargain.
Here are some interesting numbers to illustrate that, per STATS LLC:
Anthony is averaging 31.3 points in the past 10 games; Tim Hardaway Jr. is the team's next highest scorer during that span (11.9).
In the past three games, Anthony has scored 40.3 points per game. No other Knick has averaged more than 13.3.
Opposite directions: The Knicks are 2-8 in February and have fallen to 11th in the Eastern Conference. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are 7-2 this month -- the third-best record in the NBA this month.
All of the teams directly ahead of the Knicks -- the Bobcats, Hawks, Cavaliers and Pistons -- are idle Monday. So New York has a chance to pick up a half-game in the standings with a win.
But the bottom line isn't pretty. The Hawks are on pace to win 39 games. The Knicks would need to go 18-8 the rest of the regular season to get to 39 wins.
Dallas Buyers Club: Mark Cuban's Mavs (34-23) are red-hot, having won nine of 12 overall. Dirk Nowitzki has been leading the way for Dallas, which is in eighth place in the Western Conference.
Nowitzki is averaging 24.5 points on 57.0 percent shooting from the floor -- 49.1 percent from beyond the arc -- in the past 12 games.