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NBA power rankings roundup: Mavs remain steadily in the middle

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The Mavericks as of this moment are a mediocre team with potential, and the rankings pretty much reflect that.

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This week is an interesting mix of moving up or down for Dallas, depending on which site you believe. Regardless, most rank sets have the Mavs still firmly in the middle of the pack, hovering between 12-14, with CBS being the outlier at 17. The reason for that is pretty apparent: for the most part, the Mavs beat the teams they're supposed to beat, and lose to the teams they're supposed to lose to. Once they get just a smidge healthier (/waves at Chandler Parsons) I bet we'll be able to get those ranks up a little and start beating a few teams that might be surprising.

These ranks do not take into account last night's win over the Suns, just for the record. And as always, you can read the full ranks for any site by clicking "what they said." Let us know what you think of their thoughts and ranks in the comments!

ESPN

This week: 14   Last week: 12

What they said:

The Mavs are 6-0 when Dirk Nowitzki scores at least 20 points, which sparks hope in Big D that the team can actually sneak into the playoffs and thus ensure the draft pick they send to Boston in June to complete the ill-fated Rajon Rondo deal falls outside the lottery. The worry: Dallas is just 3-8 against .500-or-better teams -- worst in the West's top eight.

CBS Sports

This week: 17   Last week: 10

What they said:

They've lost seven of their last 11 games, and haven't beaten a good team since the November 20th win over the Jazz. Since then? Wins over Denver, Portland (OT), Washington and New York. Are we sure -- I mean REALLY SURE -- this is a good team?

NBA.com

This week: 13  Last week: 12

What they said:

If the Mavs were a clear playoff team in the West, they'd be taking advantage of this soft stretch of schedule (eight of nine games against teams at or below .500 and the other against the struggling Hawks) that ends Monday against Phoenix. But losses to Sacramento, Houston, Atlanta and Washington, in which they were outscored by 22.3 points per 100 possessions over the middle two quarters, are signs of mediocrity.

Sports Illustrated

This week: 12   Last week: 13

What they said:

Here are the NBA's leaders in double-doubles: Andre Drummond, Russell Westbrook, Zaza Pachulia. That's nice, and so are things in Dallas, which continues to beat the teams it should and has benefitted in the standings from a watered-down West.

USA Today

This week: 14  Last week: 8

What they said:

If they could just win at home ...

NBC Sports

This week: 14   Last week: 15

What they said:

This team is a gambler's nightmare, one capable of beating or losing to anyone on any given night, and it all feels random. They lost to the Hawks and Wizards at home last week, this week it's an interesting set of games against the Suns, Pacers, and Grizzlies.