The Dallas Mavericks are getting no love from the media as contenders, but it could be argued that they have been the most impressive team all year long.
Due to the great start by the Spurs, the Mavericks are flying under the radar.
They are second in the Southwest division, behind only the Spurs, and have notched 40 wins in the first half of the season. They are 23-8 in the Western Conference, which is good for second best and they are playing championship basketball despite the fact that they have faced adversity all season long.
This team notched 40 wins up to this point and had their best player, Dirk Nowitzki, miss several games due to an injury. The Mavericks also lost the services of Caron Butler, the team’s third leading scorer for the season and have had to make up for the lost point production.
Nowitzki is shooting 53 percent in the first half of the season, which is the best that he has ever done in his career. Jason Kidd is revitalized at the point and has been one of the reasons the Mavericks have won 13 of their last 14 games headed into the break.
The Mavericks are 9-0 in the Pacific division this season and play well against the top teams in the league.
Despite all of the accolades the Mavericks are listed at +1000 to win the NBA championship, which seems like a bargain.
The Mavericks may not be considered by many as a championship caliber basketball team, but it is time that they started to get noticed.
Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org.