What has New York done lately?
That's kind of hard to say. I guess the best way to describe their play of late is sporadic. They have only won two of their last 10 days. On top of that, the Knicks just lost Iman Shumpert for at least two weeks with a sprained MCL. It isn't going well in the Big Apple. New York is currently in the 11th seed in the East which means that the struggle is very real because the East SUCKS. Also, the Knicks are about to buyout Metta World Peace which will probably send me spiraling into depression as he is/was one of my favorite players. (Side note: Dear Mavs, please cut someone, I don't care who, and sign Metta. I need a Dallas World Peace jersey.)
Which team stat might determine the game?
Three-point shooting is going to be the biggest factor in the game. Neither team plays much defense but man, they love the long-ball. New York shoots the third most threes in the NBA and Dallas shoots the ninth most. What the Mavs have going for them is a better shooting percentage from downtown. The Mavericks come into tonight's game with a 37.5 percent mark while the Knickerbockers have a 36.8 percentage.
Oh, and by the way, the threes will be flying. Neither team defends the three-point shot well.
What do the Mavs need to do to be successful against the Knicks?
*puts a Bar-Kays record to set the mood*
*the mood is set to funk*
*takes a long sip of Crown Royal on the rocks*
PLAY SOME FUNKIN' DEFENSE. Or just score a lot.
Which Mavericks player might be due for a big game?
Dirk in the Garden. Enough said.
Oh, hey, be sure to follow Knicks Twitter during the game (as well as Moneyball because duh). They are priceless when the Knicks are in struggle mode.