For the second and final time this season, the New York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks meet tonight. Since the last meeting between the Knicks and Mavericks New York has rattled off a string of losses. They did notch one victory in that 10-game stretch against the Boston Celtics last Friday.
The Dallas Mavericks have cooled off from a five-game win streak with just two in their last five overall, including a 105-98 defeat against the Warriors on Saturday. The Mavs are 8-4 on the road and have won four of their last five games away from home.
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The Mavs are 47-17 ATS in their last 64 games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Knicks are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games against a team above .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Something worth to mention is the return to Tyson Chandler to the Madison Square Garden. Tyson Chandler earned the Defensive Player of the Year award, made an All-Star appearance and aided a pair of winning seasons in his three years with the New York Knicks.
After winning an NBA title with Dallas the previous season, Chandler was the league's top defensive player in 2011-12 while leading New York to a 36-30 record. He continued to thrive alongside Carmelo Anthony in 2012-13, helping the club win 54 games and earning his first All-Star appearance.
After the Knicks took a step back with a 37-45 record last season, the 7-foot-1 center was shipped in a six-player trade back to the Mavericks. He finished with 17 points and a season-high 25 rebounds Nov. 26 in a 109-102 overtime victory over visiting New York, which played without Anthony.
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Now at least one former teammate expects Chandler will receive a positive response in his return to the Garden.
"Tyson gave us some good years," forward Amar'e Stoudemire said. "He was a true pro and he worked (hard). His defensive methods were great, so I think the crowd will give him a cheer because once you're a Knick, you're always a Knick. But he does play for Dallas and they might not be cheering him for too long."
There's no doubt that these two teams are going to finish on opposite ends of the ladder when it's all said and done
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