— Thirteen is obviously an unlucky number. But! The team the Mavs face tonight at the AAC, the New Jersey Nets, are almost historically bad. At 7-56, they are just slightly — slightly — ahead of Philadelphia’s record-setting 9-73 pace. So, you know, they should be fine.
— Speaking of the Nets: does anyone want to take back their opinion on the Jason Kidd/Devin Harris trade? Kind of working out in the Mavs’ favor so far.
— Still speaking of the Nets, but decidedly not related to basketball: noted comics fan (and Nets center) Brook Lopez paid a visit to Zeus Comics yesterday and bought a ton of books. “Super nice guy,” says Zeus owner Richard Neal.
— The Mavs have a ways to go before even approaching the Los Angeles Lakers’ record 33-game winning streak. But they’ve already set one record: most wins in a row by 10 points or fewer. You could either say they’re clutch or lucky. I prefer the former.
— Finally, when the Mavs played the Nets in December, this happened: