Dallas Mavericks: nba FUTURES & BETTING ODDS
The Dallas Mavericks began play as the third NBA team from Texas in 1980. With their first draft pick Dallas selected Kiki VanDeWeghe, who was not interested in playing for an expansion team. Eventually Dallas would trade him for draft picks, one of which would become Rolando Blackman, who would eventually have his uniform number retired. The Mavericks went 15-67 in their debut season, after which they drafted both Blackman and Mark Aguirre, who would become the team’s two best players of the decade. Dallas would improve in Year Two, winning 28 games. In fact, if you had bet on the Dallas Mavericks to increase their win total, you would have won that bet every year from 1982-85.
In 1984, the Mavericks finally qualified for the playoffs and while the Dallas Mavericks odds were long after losing to Seattle four times during the regular season, they managed to knock off the SuperSonics before falling to the Lakers in five games.
This would start a stretch of five consecutive playoff appearances for the Mavs. If you bet on the Dallas Mavericks to make the Western conference finals, it would take five tries for it to happen, but in the 1987-88 season they finally broke through after knocking out the Rockets and Nuggets. Dallas took the Lakers to seven games, but lost Game 7 in L.A. in a series where the home team won every game. That season would actually see the Mavericks final playoff series wins of the century as the team fell into a spiral that lasted through the 1990’s.
The Dallas Mavericks odds of making a sixth straight postseason, in 1988-89, were ended due to a rash of injuries as they traded Aguirre for Adrian Dantley, and finished 38-44. Dallas rebounded with a 47-35 season in 1989-90 but they were swept in the first round by Portland. The season was also marred by star Roy Tarpley getting a DWI and the team also needed to release Dantley.
The team would spend the rest of the decade trying to rebuild, without ever finishing with a .500 record. Things hit their nadir in 1992-91, when they began the season 2-27 and needed a late-season rally just to finish 11-71.
Years of losing did allow the Mavs to restock their roasted, as they drafted Jimmy Jackson, Jamal Mashburn, and Jason Kidd, who would be nicknamed “The Three J’s.” If you had bet then on the Dallas Mavericks to become a contender, you would have been disappointed as the trio never played in a single playoff game together, with Kidd and Mashburn feuding and fellow star Roy Tarpley returning from an NBA suspension only to receive a lifetime ban for drug policy violations.
The 2000’s would be a different story for the Mavericks as brash new owner MArk Cuban bought the team, which rebuilt around Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, and Michael Finley. After missing ten straight postseasons, Dallas would make the playoffs twelve times in a row beginning with 2000-01. That season, they beat the Utah Jazz before falling to the Spurs in five games. By 2001-02 the Dallas Mavericks odds had improved to the point where they were favored in nearly every game, the team went 57-25 and swept the Timberwolves before being knocked out by the Kings.
The 2002-03 Mavs had the best season in team history to that point, starting the season 14-0, as they won 60 games, then won Game 7’s against both Portland and Sacramento before falling to the eventual champions, San Antonio.
By 2005-06, Dirk Nowitzki had developed into a superstar and the team, coached by Avery Johnson, won 60 games in the regular season, before racing through Memphis, San Antonio, and Phoenix, to win their first ever Western conference title. Many experts bet on the Dallas Mavericks to win the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, and they appeared to be on the right track as the Mavericks won the first two games of the series, but Heat star Dwyane Wade led a furious comeback to win the final four games of the series, to give the Heat their first ever title while preventing Dallas from winning their first.
The Dallas Mavericks odds in 2006-07 turned from contender to favorite when they went a franchise-record 67-15 in the regular season, with Dirk Nowitzki winning the only MVP award in team history, as the team earned the number one seed in the Western playoffs, but they were summarily knocked out by the Warriors in six games in one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history.
Playoff heartbreak followed the following three seasons, where they won at least 50 regular season games only to be dispatched quickly in the postseason.
During this stretch, the team reacquired point guard Jason Kidd, and with Shawn Marion, Jason Terry, and Caron Butler, they had a core of excellent players surrounding their superstar, Dirk Nowitzki. The team rolled through the 2011 playoffs, losing only three total games against the Blazers, Lakers, and Thunder, to set up a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals with the Heat. This time, the Dallas Mavericks odds were those of an underdog against Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh, but a bet on the Dallas Mavericks to win it all would finally pay off as the team won the series in six games to earn their first ever NBA championship.
Anyone betting on the Dallas Mavericks to repeat would be disappointed as the team was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Thunder. In fact, the Dallas Mavericks odds of remaining a contender would immediately crater, as the team missed the 2013 postseason and has not won a playoff series since the 2011 title.
As Nowitzki aged, the team struggled to replace him with another star and they fell to 24-58 in 2017-18. The bright side of that year was trading for rookie Luka Doncic during the 2018 draft, as Doncic would emerge as a superstar, just as Nowitzki was leaving the NBA, which finally happened in 2019.
Dallas also traded for Latvian star Kristaps Porzingis, who together with Doncic, who went from the 2019 Rookie of the Year to first-team All-NBA in his second season at age 21. The duo could not help Dallas avoid a first round exit in the 2020 playoff bubble in Orlando or in 2021, but you might want to bet on the Dallas Mavericks to win their second title in the next few years behind the star duo of Doncic and Porzingis.
Prior to the 2021-22 season, longtime head coach Rick Carlisle left to go back to Indiana, and the Mavs hired Jason Kidd to lead the team.
Championships: 1 (2011)
12: Derek Harper
15: Brad Davis
22: Rolando Blackman