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Mavs Moneyball Previews The Wolves


Nevertheless, the Wolves have eked out a 4-2 record so far this season, beating theNets, Magic, Pacers and Kings, and while their offense has sputtered (91.8 ppg, good for 23rd), their defense, helmed by Bond Villain Look-Alike Nikola Pekovic and recently returned Huge World of Warcraft Tattoo having Andrei Kirilenko, is 5th in the league, giving up a meager 89.5 points a game. They've played mostly terrible teams but, then, the Mavericks gave up 101 to the Bobcats Saturday so I'm not exactly pointing fingers.

If you're wondering whether Kirilenko got the hilariously hideous full-back tattoo to distract everybody from his admission that his wife lets him have one affair a year, I'd go with...probably?

Anyway. Here's what you need to know. Pek, a very capable big man but hardly a lights-out offensive player, leads the team in scoring (and in most Bond Girlfriends strangled), and recent Houston castoff Chase Budinger is right behind him, so it would seem to be a pretty favorable matchup for a Mavericks team that has not so far had much trouble scoring. That being said, the Wolves are a pretty deep team, with 6 players in the vicinity of 10 points a game, including old friend JJ Barea, the first official flopper in NBA history.