NBA’s ‘The D’ returns: Nets are off to a solid start as they head to Dallas

The New York Nets are going to Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks are off the road, and the Los Angeles Clippers are off of the road as well, but they’re all within a few hours of each other on Thursday night in an NBA game that will have a lot of history.

It will also mark the third straight time the Nets and Mavericks will meet on a night when they are on the road.

Brooklyn, which lost the last meeting in Dallas in late March, had been off this road trip all season but ended the season with a 1-2 record.

Brooklyn has been one of the NBA’s best teams, averaging 110.6 points in its last seven games and has scored 114.8 per game over that span.

The Nets also are coming off a win in overtime in a 99-88 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night, and they’ve won their last three meetings.

New York, which was swept in the first round of the playoffs by Miami in 2015, will be looking to avoid a season-worst sixth straight defeat after dropping the final two games of the season.

The Mavericks, who lost their final two regular season games by a combined score of 107-87, are coming to Dallas on the heels of a 3-2 road trip, with their longest road trip since a seven-game stretch from April 27-May 13, 2014.

This trip will also be their first of the year as they are still in the playoffs.

Dallas won its last four games against New York by an average of 11.3 points.

This will be the team’s first road game since the Mavericks went on a seven game winning streak over the Nets last November.

Brooklyn is coming off its first win in six games when it beat the Philadelphia 76ers 96-84 on Monday.

The Knicks are 1-4 on the season against the Mavericks, with all three losses coming by double digits.

The team has lost its last two games against Dallas, with each defeat coming by an NBA-high 30 points or fewer.

The Brooklyn victory will give the Nets a 5-1 record on the homestand.

New Jersey is currently on a six game win streak after taking care of business on Friday night.

The club has won five straight games in Brooklyn after dropping two straight.

This is the third game this season that the Nets have scored at least 100 points.

They’re averaging 106.3 in their last five games against the Brooklyn Nets.

The Mavs are 1 of five teams currently in the playoff hunt that has a winning record when playing against Brooklyn.

The Hornets have won their first two games on the second night of back-to-back, while the Magic have won all four meetings between these teams.

Atlanta is also in the hunt for its fourth straight win.

The Hawks are 1 for 5 against the Nets, who have lost all five meetings.

They also are 0-4 against the Lakers.

Atlanta has won its first three meetings against Brooklyn, with both victories coming by the combined score at 109-107 on Dec. 2, 2016.

This game is also the second of a back-and-forth series between the Nets (8-10) and Mavericks (10-8).

This game will be played at the AT&T Center.

This marks the third time the teams have met in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn lost 103-91 on Feb. 21, 2016 to the Los Angeles Clippers.

New Orleans won 104-100 on March 6, 2016 in a game that was tied at the end of regulation.

The Pelicans won 107-105 on March 20, 2016 when it was tied with 2:06 remaining.

Brooklyn won 109-103 on March 24, 2016 after trailing by 16 with 4:08 left in regulation.

Brooklyn had a chance to extend its winning streak to five games on Wednesday against the Oklahoma city Thunder.

However, the Thunder won 105-103 to advance to the conference finals.

Brooklyn’s five-game winning streak also came in a 109-108 overtime win against the Orlando Magic on April 8, 2015.

Brooklyn leads the NBA with 13.6 steals per game.

The Magic have allowed just three players to average at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists during that span, while also allowing just six players to hit double figures.

The NBA has a league-high 2,937 players in the league with at least 30.

The teams combined offensive rating of 109.8 is the lowest since the 2011-12 season.


DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors 1.

Kyle Lowry, Indiana Pacers 2.

Anthony Bennett, Utah Jazz 3.

Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland Cavaliers 4.

Kemba Walker, Miami Heat 5.

Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics 6.

Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Warriors 7.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland