It's funny sometimes to assemble these rankings after a big win like last night's against the Spurs, because in many ways I'm wondering how that win would have played in. For example, as I assembled last week's roundup (after the OKC win), I actually thought most rankers would move the Mavericks up this week, even if they lost to Memphis.
In fact, it's actually a pretty mixed bag. That could be largely due to other teams excelling, but that loss to Memphis seems to have weighed more heavily than the win over OKC. As a reminder, these numbers don't reflect last night's (rather surprising, in my opinion!) win.
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This Week: 8 Last Week: 9
The Mavericks have just three games this week, including a back-to-back venture against the Spurs. The seventh-seed Mavericks are on pace to match up against the Grizzlies, but there's still enough time for Dallas to make a run for home-court advantage in the final weeks of the season.
This Week: 10 Last Week: 8
All-Star Dirk Nowitzi's scoring average is down more than four points from the 18.3 points per game he averaged before the All-Star break.
This Week: 10 Last Week: 13
You know the old poker saying: "If you can't spot the sucker in your first 20 minutes at the table, it's you?" That's the Mavericks, who have become "the team everyone wants to play in the first round."
This Week: 11 Last Week: 10
It's a good thing they held off OKC at home a week ago, because the Mavs, as suggested in this space last week, look like they're at greater risk for slippage than anyone else in the West jumble from No. 3 through No. 7. The culprit? The Mavs are having effort and Monta problems.
This Week: 10 Last Week: 9
Dallas isn't going to win many games when Rajon Rondo outscores Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, as he did Sunday. The Mavericks' offense with Rondo continues to be as awkward as cowboy boots outside the state of Texas.