Just a week ago, we were wondering if the Mavericks could take advantage of LaMarcus Aldridge's injury and sneak past Portland into the no. 3 seed in the Western Conference. Now, with six losses in their last 10 games, Dallas is 30-17 and tied with San Antonio for the no. 6 seed.
The Spurs play a home game against the Clippers on Saturday, but their nine-game rodeo road trip is quickly approaching. On the other hand, the Mavericks have a three-game stretch at home leading into the All-Star Break.
Here is the full Western Conference standings:
- Four games back of Memphis, the division leader, and 3.5 games back of home court advantage. It'd take some help, but both are still realistically in play here.
- Where would the Mavs be in the East? They'd be tied with Chicago for the no. 4 seed with a two game lead on Cleveland (no. 5) and just 1.5 games behind Toronto (no. 2).
- Important Western Conference games this week: Portland has to play in Atlanta on Friday. The Clippers game in San Antonio on Saturday is their second in a seven-game road trip. Phoenix's next four opponents: Chicago, Golden State, Memphis, Portland.