The NBA is one of the biggest sports leagues in the U.S. and it is no surprise, with how fantastic this massive basketball league is, bringing in talent from across the globe.
Many fans of this league will take to the sports bookmakers each year and check out the NBA finals odds to see what their chances are at winning a pretty penny betting on their favorite team.
In the NBA there are many teams, some who are doing better than others right now, others who have gone from being underdogs to big dogs with their names more prominent in the playoffs than ever before.
With this in mind, let’s consider the Dallas Mavericks, who make up this team right now, how they are doing, and their history.
Who’s On The Roster?
|Theo Pinson||1||Small Forward|
|Trey Burke||3||Point Guard|
|Moses Wright||5||Power Forward|
|Dwight Powell||7||Power Forward|
|Josh Green||8||Small Forward|
|Dorian Finney-Smith||10||Point Guard|
|Tim Hardaway Jr.||11||Small Forward|
|Jalen Brunson||12||Point Guard|
|Frank Ntilikina||21||Point Guard|
|Reggie Bullock||25||Small Forward|
|Spencer Dinwiddie||26||Point Guard|
|Marquese Chriss||35||Power Forward|
|Maxi Kleber||42||Power Forward|
|Davis Bertans||44||Power Forward|
|Luka Dončić||77||Point Guard|
|Sterling Brown||0||Small Forward|
The Mavericks In The 90s & 00s
The Dallas Mavericks have been active since 1980, they play in the NBA and have 1 NBA championship to their name that they managed to get in 2011.
They were founded as an expansion team, and thus they struggled when they joined the NBA. Their first winning season with a playoff berth happened 4 years after they had joined the NBA.
After qualifying for the post season games for 5 years on the trot, they hit the late 80s and early 90s and their play became rather futile after this, they had pretty grim seasons with win-loss rates of 11-71 and 13-69, quite painful numbers to look at.
Their turnaround started in the late 90s. However, the 00s was when they really arrived. The entrepreneur Mark Cuban purchased the franchise and started a new era of spending for the team in 2000.
He became one of the most outspoken owners and made Dallas a new and attractive opportunity for free agents for the first time in many years.
The head coach oversaw the bringing-in of new talent, and they started to bring out high-power offenses led by players like Nowitzki, Finley, and Nash.
They became one of the top teams in the West Conferences in the 21st century.
They started advancing to the finals, however, they lost to the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors in what were hopefully-looking matches.
However, they still remained as one of the better teams in the latter part of the 00, and by 2010 they became the 4th team in the history of the league to have 10 successive seasons of 50 victories minimum.
The Mavericks In The 2010s
Into 2011 they had an outstanding playoff, thanks to scoring by Nowitzki, and they advanced to the finals where they finally defeated the Heat and captured their first ever championship.
However, in 2012, they posted a .500 record, and it stuck as an end to their playoff streak that had been burning for 12 years.
They did rebound in the next season to win a total of 49 games, and they also qualified for the playoffs for the seasons following, but they were no longer as hot to trot as they used to be.
In 2016 the roster became depleted and Nowitzki was no longer quite as effective, the team had their first ever record of losing in 17 whole seasons, and after this their seasons stayed pretty rocky and low.
Nowitzki’s part to play became less and less, however, he ended up retiring at the end of the 2018-2019 season, and Dallas ended up finishing last in their division.
How Are They Doing Right Now?
So, we know that things were pretty tricky for the Dallas Mavericks before, however, they have changed things up, in 2019 they brought in Luka Dončić, and it brought around a new era.
Luka Dončić quickly rose, and they returned to playoff contention from 2019-2021, so, we have to ask, how have they been doing so far this season?
If we look at their current wins and losses from the 18th of March into the middle of April, we can see how they have been doing.
The 18th and 19th March were harsh for them, on those days they lost quite hard to the 76ers and the Hornets, but they did bounce back, winning against the Timberwolves, and Rockets, but only 4 days after beating the Timberwolves, the Timberwolves beat them.
They then won 114-100 against the Jazz, and 128-110 against the Lakers.
They beat the Cavaliers, but lost to the Wizards, and then posted some great wins against the Bucks, Pistons, Trail Blazers, and Spurs.
Out of the last 13 games we have seen, they have won 9 of them. They are considered 4th in the Western Conference, so they are making a comeback!