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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks vs. Portland Trailblazers

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Despite it being the second to last seeding game, this one matters

Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images

WHO: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trailblazers

WHAT: The start of a winstreak or losing to lock in the 7th seed

WHERE: Disney World

WHEN: 5:30 p.m. CT

HOW: TNT or Fox Sports SW

THE STORY: This one matters folks. I’ll let Brad Townsend explain:

Dallas has to win. There is no messing around if they actually want to play someone that isn’t the Clippers (and even then they need things to fall right). Things are still remarkably up in the air this late in the season, even considering the weirdness of the bubble situation and the worldwide pandemic. The Mavericks have so many losses they regret this season but they still manage to control an aspect of their destiny.

With Seth Curry out again for some mysterious leg ailment, Dallas will need every bench player to be ready to defend a Portland team playing for their playoff lives.

Enjoy this one folks, it should be a barn burner.