Last season was full of disappointments for the Dallas Mavericks, missing the playoffs for the first time in Luka Doncic’s five-year career. Things didn’t get much better when the team traded for disgruntled Nets guard, Kyrie Irving, as Dallas lost 18 of its last 27 games after he arrived. Mavericks odds to claim this year’s title sit at +2400, projecting them with the 10th-best likelihood to win it all.
If Dallas has any shot at even reaching the Finals, it’ll need to improve dramatically on last year’s 25th-ranked defensive rating. The Mavs ranked 25th in defensive rating and were even worse than that after acquiring Irving, dropping to 28th over the last two months of the regular season.
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Here is the current Mavericks roster.
The Mavericks have opened the 2023-24 regular season. Here is Dallas’ complete schedule, including a Christmas Day matchup at the Phoenix Suns.
Additions: Grant Williams (trade), Seth Curry (signed), Dante Exum (signed), Richaun Holmes (trade), Dereck Lively II (draft), Olivier-Maxence Prosper (draft)
Subtractions: Davis Bertans (traded), Reggie Bullock (traded), Justin Holiday (free agent), Markieff Morris (free agent), Frank Ntilikina (free agent), Christian Wood (free agent), Theo Pinson (free agent)
Who are the best players on the Mavericks?
Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are indisputably the Mavericks’ two top players, and by an exceedingly comfortable margin at that.
Doncic enters the final three games of the 2022-23 regular season averaging career highs in points (32.8), steals (1.4) and field-goal percentage (49.8). The star Slovenian is also putting up 8.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists per contest, and despite the addition of Irving, arguably remains the team’s most indispensable component.
Irving has missed five games since his Dallas debut, but the 19 contests he’s suited up for have seen him produce impressive averages of 26.7 points, 5.9 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals alongside 51.1 percent shooting, including 37.7 percent from behind the arc.
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Mavericks 2022-23 Season Recap
The Mavericks seemingly scuffled to stay above .500 for most of the pre-All-Star-break portion of the season, and a slump that began in early March finally put Dallas under that threshold for the duration of the regular season.
As alluded to previously, the Mavericks have actually fared worse record-wise since trading away Spencer Dinwiddie and defensive specialist Dorian Finney-Smith to the Nets for Irving, going 8-16 straight up from March 8 to April 2.
While Irving has put together some stellar performances in what might be a very brief Mavericks tenure, the hard evidence corroborates there’s not only been a lack of net improvement for the team, but that his addition has been actual detriment.
The net statistical improvement that Irving has offered over Dinwiddie is arguably negated by the subtraction of Finney-Smith’s defensive presence – Dallas is giving up 117.9 points per game since trading him away.
Entering the final three games of the campaign, there’s rumblings the Mavericks, which have a protected pick in the top 10 in June’s draft, could shut down their star backcourt and wave the white flag on their postseason pursuit.
How to bet on the Mavs
There are a multitude of ways to place bets on the Mavericks throughout the NBA regular season and postseason — point spread, moneyline, over under, futures, props, live, betting, parlays and teasers are just some of the wagers available through top legal, regulated sportsbooks.
Point spread wagers involve placing a bet on the margin of victory or defeat a team will produce in a certain game. For example, say the Mavericks are favored by 3 points in a matchup against the Utah Jazz, denoted as “-3” on a sportsbook’s betting market. Bettors wagering the Mavericks -3 will cash their tickets if Dallas beats Utah by at least four points. If the Mavs win by exactly 3, they’ll receive back the amount they originally staked, while if they win by less than 3 or lose outright, the bettor will lose the amount they originally staked.
Moneyline wagers involve placing a bet on a team to win a game outright. Using the same Mavericks-Jazz example, say Dallas is a -130 favorite. That means bettors placing a bet on a Mavericks victory will win $1 for every $1.30 they wagered if a win does indeed come to pass. If Dallas loses, the bettor will lose the amount they originally staked.
An over-under wager involves betting whether a game, quarter, half, etc. will end over or under a certain point total for either both or one of the teams in a game. For example, say the projected total for a hypothetical Jazz-Mavericks game is 228 points. Bettors placing a wager on the Over will cash their tickets if the game ends with a combined score of 229 points or more, and they’ll lose the amount staked if ends with 227 points or less. The game ending exactly with 228 points would result in the bettor getting the original amount staked in return but no actual winnings.
Futures wagers involve placing a bet on an outcome that won’t unfold until a later date, such as the end of a season. An example of a futures wager involving the Mavericks would have been a bet prior to the start of the season on whether they’d win at least 45 games. Bettors who would have placed that wager would have lost the amount they originally staked since Dallas finished well below that mark.
Other ways to bet on the Mavericks include prop bets (i.e. whether a player or the team itself will exceed or fall below a certain statistical benchmark), live betting (wagers placed as a game is ongoing and based on certain in-game events), parlays (i.e. placing a bet on the Mavericks winning and Doncic dishing out over a certain number of assists, or a bet on both the Mavericks and another team winning on the same night) and teasers (lowering the point spread the Mavericks are favored by against a certain opponent and betting another team by adding the same number of points to the spread of their game).
Mavs Franchise History
The Mavericks’ inaugural season with the 1980-81 campaign, one they finished with a 15-67 record. Dick Motta served as the team’s first head coach and remained in the position until 1987. Dallas improved its win total each season under Motta and qualified for the playoffs in each of his last four seasons.
The Mavericks made the postseason in two of the first three seasons after Motta was replaced by John Macleod, but they’d then suffer a playoff drought until the 2000-01 season. However, that would begin a streak of postseason appearances that lasted through the 2015-16 campaign and included two NBA Finals appearances against the Miami Heat, the latter (after the 2010-11 season) culminating in an NBA title.
Dirk Nowitzki, who played for Dallas from the 1998-1999 to the 2018-19 seasons, is the Mavericks’ career scoring leader with 31,560 points. Doncic, who began his NBA career at age 19, already has accumulated 9,058 points as his fifth season nears an end.
What are the odds that the Mavericks are going to win the championship this year?
The Mavericks opened the 2023-24 regular season with between +1800 and +2800 odds of winning the NBA title.
How likely are the Mavericks to make the playoffs?
The Mavericks currently have odds of making the NBA Playoffs.
Who is favored to win the Southwest Division this season?
The Mavericks currently have odds to win the Southwest Division. The Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans are the other top contenders.
Who owns the Dallas Mavericks?
Mark Cuban has been the Mavs owner since January 2000.