In this week's edition of power rankings roundup, the Mavericks haven't moved much, if at all, from last week's edition. As so many have noted, they've been winning, but they've also been beating teams they should beat (which is good!) but are not playing a lick of defense (which is not good!)
This week, rankers liked David Lee's fit in the Mavericks' offense and Chandler Parsons' push forward, but many also noted the tough schedule coming up as a reason to give pause to how good the Mavs really are. They will need a signature win or two to move up any more, I'm guessing.
These rankings don't reflect last night's win over the Magic. As always, you can read the full rankings for each site by clicking on "what they said," and let us know what you think about the rankings in the comments!
This week: 16 Last week: 16
A playoff spot is by no means certain, but the Mavs have built up a nice lead on the field in pursuit of the "Living Dangerously" crown, thanks to their league-leading 10 OT games (7-3) as well as a league-high 11 wins after facing a double-digit deficit. Amid a constant push/pull with coach Rick Carlisle, Chandler Parsons might be playing the best ball of his life, averaging 21.6 PPG in Dallas' past seven outings.
This week: 14 Last week: 16
They've stabilized with some wins over bad teams, but they've also won two games vs. teams over .500 since January 1, both in overtime. After this week's easy schedule, they face nine straight teams who are over .500, including the Warriors and Blazers, both twice.
This week: 15 Last week: 16
Mavs games lead the league in scoring over the last few weeks, not just because they don't like determining a winner until at least 53 minutes have been played. Their offense ranks third and their defense ranks 25th in February, with Dallas and its opponents combining to score 113 points per 100 possessions over their last seven games. David Lee totaled 27 points and 23 boards in weekend wins over the Nuggets and Wolves.
This week: 13 Last week: 14
There's reason to be concerned here: the Mavericks are a 9-19 vs teams with plus .500 records and haven't beaten one in regulation since Jan. 15 in Chicago. They've played with fire a bit, but their experience should get them to the finish line. Shameless SI plug, if you haven't read Chris Ballard on Dirk yet -- do that now.
This week: 14 Last week: 12
Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 394th career double-double in the Mavericks' recent OT win vs. Denver.
This week: 13 Last week: 15
They are entertaining to watch because this team puts up a lot of points and gives up a lot of points -- Mavs games are old-fashioned shootouts. David Lee is getting what he wanted, he's part of the rotation and playing minutes, and he fits with the rest of the Dallas team -- he's shown he can still score but not defend.