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Welcome to Numbers on the Boards, a podcast for basketball fans who want to have some fun listening to Mavs TV analyst Jeff “Skin” Wade and's Bobby Karalla talk hoops, stats, and life in the NBA with a new guest each week.

Welcome to Numbers on the Boards, a podcast for basketball fans who want to have some fun listening to Mavs TV analyst Jeff “Skin” Wade and's Bobby Karalla talk hoops, stats, and life in the NBA with a new guest each week.
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Welcome to Numbers on the Boards, a podcast for basketball fans who want to have some fun listening to Mavs TV analyst Jeff “Skin” Wade and's Bobby Karalla talk hoops, stats, and life in the NBA with a new guest each week.








Episode 40: Winning Basketball Games Is Fun

Skin and Bobby take a look at the Mavs' gritty win against the Bulls and pay homage to J.J. Barea, surprisingly one of the longest-tenured Mavericks. Then, Bobby tests Skin with some historical Mavs trivia before they discuss stories from around the league.


Episode 39: Burgers and Basketball

Skin and Bobby stuff their face at a local burger joint and then diagnose everything that's happened during the Mavs' six-game losing streak, and identify the areas they've done well in. If you've been upset about the results lately, this podcast is for you. This was recorded before Tuesday night's win against the Wizards.


Episode 38: The Best Offense Is A Good Offense

Skin and Bobby met up all the way down in San Antonio for this episode, where they recorded just before the Mavs took on the Spurs. They give their thoughts on the first half-dozen games of the season before talking about the importance of pace and how that makes offense easier for everyone.


Episode 37: The Mavs Are Over .500

Skin and Bobby record from the AAC after the Mavs' 115-109 win over the Bulls, breaking down the game and the entire season to this point. Then, Bobby searches for the truth after Mark Followill tweeted a concerning photo of someone who looks just like Skin appearing to... pass the ball to Derrick Rose?!


Episode 36: Thank Goodness For Basketball

The season is finally here! Listen as Skin and Bobby chat about the preseason that was, the season that hopefully will be, and tonight's opener between the Mavs and Suns!


Episode 35: Preseason Musings with Mike Marshall

Bobby is joined by Mike Marshall to discuss the Mavs' preseason games in China (7:20), a potential shift toward more transition offense (17:55), and make three fun stat predictions about the upcoming season (38:50). Finally, Bobby laments the non-stop Luka Doncic/Trae Young fan Twitter wars and they review Mavs fantasy basketball rankings (1:04:20).


Episode 34: Hot Take! Luka And DeAndre Are Good

Skin and Bobby take a look at the Mavs' first preseason game and how different the team played than last year (6:15) and recent examples of teams overhauling their styles in one offseason. Then, they talk about DeAndre Jordan's Mavs debut (20:35). Finally, they take a look at a possible competition for playing time between Dorian Finney-Smith and Ryan Broekhoff (30:50).


Episode 33: Kostas Antetokounmpo

On today's guac-packed Numbers on the Boards, Mavs broadcast manager Shelbie Sumter challenges Bobby to overcome his fear of avocados, Skin and Bobby discuss Dennis Smith Jr.'s catch-and-shoot numbers from last season and how they could play out this season, and finally Mavs rookie Kostas Antetokounmpo joins Bobby and Mike for his podcast debut as a Maverick!


Episode 32: Ian Thomsen and The Soul of Basketball

Mike and Bobby are joined by author Ian Thomsen to discuss his new book "The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA," which chronicles the important events and larger themes of the 2010-11 NBA season, the year the Mavericks won the championship.


Episode 31: The Mavs Love Luka

In the newest Numbers on the Boards, Skin and Bobby are joined by a teammate for a special programming announcement, then take a listen to what some of the Mavs have said about Luka Doncic ahead of the rookie's debut. Finally, Skin shares a few stories from Dirk Nowitzki's Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic, including the aftermath of a big-time rap beef.


Episode 30: The Hall of Fame and Six Predictions

Skin and Bobby look ahead to Dirk Nowitzki's annual Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic (8:45) then discuss the Hall of Fame inductions of Steve Nash (13:20) and Jason Kidd (16:00) and wonder aloud whether Donnie Nelson should go into the Hall (28:00). Finally, they make six zany predictions about the upcoming NBA season (36:00).


Episode 29: The Rookie Survey and the Southwest Division

Bobby and Skin take a quick look back on the early-era Dirk teams in Dallas (8:00), and how far ahead of their time those Mavs were. Then, they examine some of the results from the annual NBA rookie survey (21:30) and where the Mavs' youngsters finished. Finally, they break down the offseasons of some of Dallas's division rivals (41:00) in San Antonio, New Orleans, and Memphis, and where the Mavs fit in in the playoff race against those clubs.


Episode 28: Stats Deep Dive

While Skin dives into the Pacific Ocean at Cowboys training camp, Bobby is joined by Mike Marshall as they take a deep dive into the numbers (18:20). First, Bobby looks back at what the 2014-15 Mavericks offense was able to do so effectively early in the shot clock, and how this year's Mavs can do the same (24:00). Then, Mike delves into pace (43:20), increase in 3-point attempts around the league (48:30), and effective field goal percentage (54:50). Get your on your hoops glasses and let's...


Episode 27: The Schedule is Here!

Mike Marshall joins Skin Wade and Bobby Karalla to break down the Mavs' 2018-19 schedule, including key road trips, big homestands, and general thoughts on the upcoming season from opening night to the season finale.


Episode 26: Mike Marshall

Skin and Bobby are joined by new Mavs digital managing editor Mike Marshall to talk offseason, what to expect from Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic, and how DeAndre Jordan's presence in the lineup could completely transform how the Mavs play on both sides of the ball.


Episode 25: Two Playmakers, One Ball, No Worries

Skin and Bobby discuss how Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic will coexist together as two playmakers in the same starting lineup, and how teams with similar playing styles have had success with multiple ball-handlers. Then, they examine the Mavs' second unit, before discussing some of the players who for whatever reason always seem to have terrific games against Dallas.


Episode 24: Celebrating DeAndre and the Wild, Wild West

Skin and Bobby react to the Mavs' signing of DeAndre Jordan, what this offseason has meant for the Western Conference (7:30), and Dennis Smith Jr.'s development (13:50). Then they discuss how improving the starting lineup could take this team to a new level (21:45) in a loaded West. Finally, they visualize how the offense will work with Jordan and Luka Doncic in the lineup (44:50) and how teams might try to defend them before checking in on some of the top performers in the Mavs' Summer...


Episode 23: Post-Draft Party

Skin and Bobby react to (and celebrate) the Mavs' acquisition of Luka Doncic on draft night and what his addition will mean to the team. Then, they break down Jalen Brunson's game (32:20) and just how meaningful relationships with agents can be (36:20). Finally, they tell you what to expect from Ray Spalding and Kostas Antetokounmpo (44:40).


Episode 22: Draft Preview with Jonathan Tjarks

The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks joins Skin and Bobby to preview Thursday's NBA Draft. Primarily they discuss Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr., Wendell Carter Jr., and Miles Bridges. Then, Tjarks offers his opinion on players who aren't currently listed in many top-10s on draft boards, including (among others) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Robert Williams, Zhaire Smith, and Shake Milton.


Episode 21: The Media (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our roundtable with writers Tim Cato, Doyle Rader, and Jonny Auping, the guys preview free agency, reflect on their memories of the Mavs' glorious 2011 championship run (28:25), and answer a difficult question (52:15): If every Maverick walked into the same bar as you, which non-Dirk player would you buy a beer for first?