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You picked the Mavs?
I don't think the loss of J-Rich will affect them much as you stated in your post prior to this.
They still have nothing that can stop Baron, and they essentially blitz Dirk every time he gets the ball. They beat Dallas because they shut down their star and are real active on the defensive end, which leads to them destroying on offense.
yeh i picked the Mavs since everyone is doing it.
Stephen Jackson was and still is the key to stopping Dirk. Baron leads the way.
During the playoffs, J-Rich was the one who was scoring against the Mavericks, but that was only because Monta Ellis and Al Harrington sucked during that series and didn't do anything. I'm pretty sure now, Monta Ellis and Harrington will be fine scoring against Dallas.. along with Matt Barnes, Kelenna Azubuike and Mickael Pietrus as more scoring threats off the bench. Al Harrington lost 30 pounds in the offseason, helping him become more athletic and quick... he's a different Al Harrington than the one who could barely score against Dallas during the playoffs. Stephen Jackson is also averaging 20ppg this season and will be another playmaker and scorer for us on Wednesday's game.
Should be a close game this time though. The Mavericks added Eddie Jones to their arsenal.