Mavericks Looking to Slow Down Nuggets, Game Three Preview

Bhavik DarjiCorrespondent IMay 9, 2009

DENVER - MAY 05:  Chauncey Billups #7 and Anthony Carter #25 of the Denver Nuggets talk during a break in the action against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 5, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 117-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

After getting blown out 226-200 combined two games, the Dallas Mavericks are hoping their home court can help them out, like it helped out the Nuggets in their previous two home games.

The Mavericks have gone 17-1 in their previous home games after the All-Star break.

Their one loss was to the Nuggets in which they lost 103-101. The Nuggets did not have Nene Hilario and Carmelo Anthoy exploded for 43 points and 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and 11 rebounds, in the home game win at Dallas.

Anthony averaged 28.4 PPG throughout the regular season and post season games. Josh Howard, who has only played in four out of the six games, averages only 8.5 PPG playing 20 MPG. With Howard injured again, Anthony has a 19.9 point advantage.

Nowitzki averaged 30.5 PPG against the Nuggets this year, including a 44 point game. Nowitzki cannot be stopped. He will always get his points, but will have a tough time doing it.

The Nuggets are going to continue to keep having that three man rotation on Nowitzki featuring Chris Anderson, Nene, and Kenyon Martin. Fresh legs will get Nowitzki working for every single shot.

The fourth quarter has especially been dismal for the Mavericks getting outscored a combined 58-42.

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Dallas needs to keep the turnovers to a minimum. In game one, the Mavericks had 20 which led to 29 fastbreak points. Points in the paint have also been a problem for the Mavericks.

The Nuggets are murdering the Mavericks in the paint with a combined 108-64. There appears to be no answer for Nene in the post who just dunks his way through for 25 points in game two.

It has also been noticed, that Nowitzki is having personal problems, which could affect his game.

"They know I'm a warrior," he said, "and I'll be ready."

Nowitzki is going to have to keep all distractions out of his head today, and the rest of the series if they even want to win one game.

With both clubs having three days off, it should have given enough time for Josh Howard's ankle to heal. I feel it will be a game time decision for him.

Game will be today on ESPN at 5 PM EST, 2 PM Pacific.

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