Sandler: Mavs, Stars By The Numbers

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MAVS BY THE NUMBERS

57.1% field goal percentage for Dirk Nowitzki during NBA.com‘s “clutch time, which is when the margin is no more than five points within the last five minutes of the game. He leads the Mavericks in this category. Closing games is worth monitoring for Nowitzki, whose age and wear-and-tear might make this type of success tougher to maintain as the season continues.

6 games decided by six points or less out of the 22 they’ve played this season, a significantly low figure.

19.4% of potential rebounds (those designated as within his range) snagged by Zaza Pachulia, 11th in the NBA among those averaging 20+ minutes/game. His rebounding ability somewhat defies his athleticism, but has been a big part of the Mavs’ success.

STARS BY THE NUMBERS

86.1% of penalty’s successfully killed by the Dallas Stars over their last 12 games. To put this in perspective, the NHL leader this season has successfully killed off around 88% of the opposition’s power play chances.

10 empty net goals scored by the Stars this season, most in the NHL and more than their season total of nine from the 2014-15 campaign.

50.8% of faceoffs won by the Stars this season, 8th best in the NHL. Last year the Stars won 51.7% of their faceoffs, which put them 8th in the NHL.

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