I’m usually none too thrilled about a road date in Dallas, but after last night’s sh-lacking in New Orleans, I’ve got the Raptors winning by about 50. Okay, well maybe 30. Alright, I’ll settle for anything that doesn’t have us jumping to an early double-digit lead and then letting it get away, which has been par for the course for the Raps in Dallas the past few years.
First off, last night’s win still feels sweet. Sure, the Hornets are scuffling to start the year, but bad teams don’t go on the road and win by 17 against Chris Paul. A heroic effort to say the least, and all the more special with my guy Jose Calderon shaking his early season funk.
Meanwhile, the Mavs come into tonight’s game coming off a loss to those same Hornets in that same Big Easy, 114-107 in overtime on Wednesday. They’ve been up and down thus far — aside from the loss to CP3, they fell to the Wizards at home on opening night and came up with a win in Kobeland last Friday. Still, I’ve gotta figure this one won’t be a walk in the park. I’m starting to think the Mavs are a better team than I gave them credit for in my season preview, and they’ll be even more of a force when Josh Howard and Drew Gooden hit the court in the near future. Maybe it’s good we get to face them tonight, then.
Anyway, last night’s romp was a nice start to a hellish west coast swing and it certainly bodes well for tonight. The Raps look to make it two straight on the road and three straight overall — tip is at 8:30.