DENVER -- If the Dallas Mavericks couldn't beat the down-and-out Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center, they may find life a little bit tougher at home this weekend when they face the Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers.
The 115-110 loss to the Nuggets was the Mavs' third straight loss. It's also the first time the Mavs have lost more than two games in a row all season.
And with the schedule getting light-years tougher, are the Mavs concerned that they're about to come face-to-face with a long losing streak?
"You always worry when you lose three games in a row with 20 left and the playoff standings the way they are,'' forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "So yeah, are we worried? Sure.
"Are we going to do anything about it? We’ll see this weekend.
The Mavs host Portland on Friday and Indiana on Sunday. Both of those teams will likely have homecourt advantage in the first rouind of the playoffs, which means they are a pretty stout outfit.
"It's two tough games at home with Portland playing well,'' Nowitzki said. "Portland beat us by 40, it felt like, the last time at home.
"And Indy is a very, very good team, obviously, so it doesn’t get any easier. But like I said we just need to compete.''
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