The Dallas Mavericks are 13-6, winners of 7 of their last 8, and are headed for a Tuesday evening national television game against the 6-14 New Orleans Pelicans. TNT surely envisioned this game would be a matchup of the reigning and soon-to-be Rookies of the Year when they scheduled this game. Life comes at you fast. You hate to see it. Et cetera.
Dallas is coming off a Sunday afternoon win in what I’m told was a “good day” against the West-leading Los Angeles Lakers, while New Orleans fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, their fifth loss in a row.