On January 26th the Dallas Mavericks will face the Oklahoma Thunder in their home turf the Chesapeake Arena.
The Mavericks have been struggling for a good part of the 2016-2017 season. They are last in the Southwest Division and 13th in the Western Conference while the Oklahoma City Thunder are 6th in the West and 2nd in their own Northwest Division.
An older and plagued with injuries Dirk Nowitzki has been unable to contribute as much as in previous seasons. He has already decided that this will be his last season at the NBA. Other important and experienced players like Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams have also missed games and the Mavericks have suffered as a result. Still, they managed to find a main scorer in Harrison Barnes averaging 20 points per game this season.
The statistics call for even money on the two sides. 77 wins for Oklahoma, 70 for the Mavericks. However, there is a huge difference between them. And that is attributed to none other than Russell Westbrook who may be running the very best period of his career. The balance is also influenced by the fan support offered to Thunder at their home court.
The injury list has Dallas not counting J. J. Barea who is out until after the All-Star game break, and Andrew Bogut who is back but not yet ready for such a clash. For Oklahoma, Center Steven Addams is also doubtful.
Can Dirk Nowitzki & company get the best of Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder? Or will it be yet another game where Russell takes everyone on his own?
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