Extra Pass: Streaking Mavericks face struggling Knicks

Published December 27, 2022, 3:00 PMJC Ansis

The matchup between the Mavericks and Knicks features teams on opposite streaks.

What's up with the Mavericks?

The Dallas Mavericks are currently eighth in the West with an 18-16 record.

They're in the midst of a three-game winning streak, beating the Timberwolves, Rockets, and Lakers. Their recent success can be credited to Luka Doncic, who is second in the league in scoring with 32.8 points per game.

Another pivotal player for the Mavs has been Christian Wood, who has started the last three games for Coach Jason Kidd. Against the Lakers on Christmas, Wood had 30 points on 70 percent shooting, to go along with eight rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and two blocks.

The Mavs trailed by as much as 14 points against LA but turned things around in the second half after scoring 51 points in the third period while allowing the Lakers only 21.

What's up with the Knicks?

Meanwhile, the Knicks are in the midst of a three-game slide, losing to the Raptors, Bulls, and Sixers. This slump comes after New York, who are sixth in the East with an 18-16 record, won seven games in a row. The bad thing is the last three losses came at home.

Against the Sixers, Julius Randle had a double-double of 29 and 12, adding three assists, one steal, and two blocks.

Jalen Brunson scored 23 points and dished out 11 dimes but the Knicks still ended up with the loss. New York will need another superb performance from Brunson if they want to beat his former team on the road.

Previous meeting

This will be the second time the Mavericks and Knicks meet. In the previous meeting, Doncic scored 30 points, grabbed eight boards, and seven assists as Dallas registered a 121-100 victory at home.

Where to watch

The Mavericks-Knicks game will be aired live tomorrow at 9:30 AM on NBA League Pass.