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3 things to watch as the Dallas Mavericks head to Portland

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The final road trip of the season kicks off in the northwest

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The Dallas Mavericks head out on the road to face off against the Portland Trailblazers Wednesday night. The game kicks off the final road trip of the season; Dallas plays five of its’ final six March games on the road.

The Mavericks are 2-1 against Portland this season, notching a pair of home wins against the Blazers and a road loss which featured one of the many signature moments of the season for Luka Doncic:

Did I need to insert that video? No. But this is one I want to relive as often as I can.

With all this in mind, it’s time for some things to think about before and during the game.

Just how close to Michael Jordan will Dirk Nowitzki get?

After passing Wilt Chamberlain against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday evening, it’s time to turn our eyes to the next person on the record list: Michael Jordan. Am I insane? Yes, probably. Nearly 900 points seperates Dirk and his Airness. Still, a guy can dream. After all, it was Jordan himself who once listed Nowitzki as one of the few modern players to have the chops to play in his era.

Jalen Brunson is making his case

Count me among the eye brow raised with the Mavericks selected Brunson in the 2018 NBA draft. Yet this season, he’s improved each month. The Mavericks may seek to improve their overall talent in the play-making category this off season, but Brunson continues to make a strong case for rotation consideration next season. Since the All Star break, Brunson’s managed a similar output to Dennis Smith Jr., who he replaced in the rotation, with none of the added drama.

A road win? What’s a road win?

The Mavericks have just six on the entire season, though four of them have come since the calendar rolled over into 2019. Considering this is the first of three straight road games and five to close out the month, it would be mildly shocking if the Mavericks manage to pull one out against a playoff motivated Blazers team. Considering the scare Doncic put in them back in December, it wouldn’t be too surprising if the Mavericks were run off the floor early.

How to watch

The game tips off at 9:00 CT and can be watched on Fox Sports Southwest or NBA League Pass. Blasted late games.