DALLAS -- There's little or no chance that the Dallas Mavericks will overlook the Milwaukee Bucks when the two teams play tonight at 7:30 at American Airlines Center.
The Mavs just did that last Monday in Sacramento.
The Kings had one of the NBA's worst records when they faced Dallas, but wound up pounding the Mavs, 112-97. Fast forward to tonight and the Bucks are owners of the league's worst record at 5-18.
However, thanks to what happened in Sacramento, the Bucks now have the Mavs' undivided attention.
"You've got to throw records out,'' assistant coach Monte Mathis said. "In this league anybody can beat anybody on any night.
"No matter who's out, who's in, a trade happening, it really doesn't matter. You've got to bring your A game and come prepared like you're playing a top seed in the Western or Eastern Conference every night in this league.''
It's a lesson the Mavs learned the hard way in Sacramento.
Asked how do they mentally prepare for a team that owns the NBA's worst record, forward Jae Crowder said: "The opposite of how we did in Sacramento, of course. Just like the Sacramento team, they're capable of winning games -- we know that.
'But we just have to come out and play the way we have to play to win the game. We're on our home court, back home from a long road trip, so we're looking forward to the game.''
-- Dwain Price
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