The Dallas Mavericks have been beaten by the NBA's top two teams in their last two games on their home floor.
They would figure to have a good chance of avoiding a third straight home loss given their history against the Phoenix Suns in Dallas.
The Mavericks look to win their 10th straight home game over the Suns when they meet Sunday night.
Dallas (18-25) had won five of six before a 113-107 home loss to Southwest Division-leading San Antonio on Friday, which came a week after a 117-114 overtime home loss to Northwest Division-leading Oklahoma City. An 11-0 run in the final minute made the loss to the Spurs appear much more competitive than it was as the Mavericks' defense struggled again.
Dallas ranks among the league's worst units, allowing 103.2 points per game. It has given up 100 or more points 28 times in 43 games this season compared to 18 times in 66 contests last year.
"It's hard to overcome layup after layup, and that's what happened," coach Rick Carlisle said. "They...