NJ Nets hopes to stop its 17-game losing streak against the Dallas MavericksDecember 1, 2009 by Marc Jerbs

The NJ Nets is a loss away in setting a NBA all-time losing record. They have matched the record established by Miami Heat and LA Clippers in hoops futility, which owns a 0-17 record during their first 17 games. All the Nets need is to go over the hump, score their first win of the season, and take each day one game at a time.

Firing coach Lawrence Frank is a sign that the Nets management is tired of losing and it's about time to change or do something for their loyal fans. The Nets team is undermanned and lacks high caliber All-Star players but they still have a big heart and continuously play hard every game just to give its team a shot for their first win. On Wednesday, they will try again to win a game and beat the Dallas Mavericks.

The Dallas Mavericks may not be the opponent that the NJ Nets would want to play. These Mavericks have evolved from a lackluster show last season to a well coordinated West power team. They lead the Southwest Division with a 13-5 record. Dirk Nowitzki is oozing with a lot of confidence in the court; he averages 27.2 points per game and plays 38.3 minutes per game.

This is a good season since Nowitzki endured a scandalous offseason in his private life. It's a sure thing that Dirk has moved on and all he wants is to concentrate playing basketball in front of his adoring Mavs' fans.

It appears inevitable that the Nets would go on break the losing record as the handicappers installed the Mavericks a 7-point favorite to beat them on Wednesday. But there's still a slim chance the Nets might pull a fast one against the Mavericks.

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