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Dallas Mavericks: How the Mavs compare to the other West playoff bubble teams

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The Dallas Mavericks should be in the thick of the playoff hunt this season. A look at how the team stacks up against other fringe postseason contenders.

Dallas Mavericks fans are bubbling with a level of excitement and optimism that has not been present for many years.

Even before the Mavs started missing out on their annual postseason appearance fans grew so accustomed to over the years, it seemed clear the team was winding down as Dirk Nowitzki’s abilities did. The Mavericks are now bursting with potential.

They’re revving up. The team is full of young talent under team control for years to come. Dallas has potential and the hope that comes with it. Mavs fans are optimistic once again.

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The Mavericks are only at the beginning of their journey back to league prominence. Making the playoffs this upcoming season is far from a given.

Early projections from national media sites have placed the Dallas Mavericks everywhere from seventh to 13th place in the Western Conference. The West has been the far superior conference for decades now and somehow seems to get stronger every season.

Dallas, provided health, would be a virtual lock to qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, they are not part of that race. The league could allow the 16 best teams to make the playoffs instead of the silly antiquated system they commit for the sake of tradition.

The road to the playoffs will be arduous and allow for few missteps along the way. Dallas must take care of business against inferior opponents. They need to win away from home in spite of their inexperience. Most importantly, the basketball gods will have to choose to grant their players health.

In a Western Conference so jam-packed with talented teams all hoping to make the playoffs, sometimes it can be helpful to break them down by category to understand which teams might best separate themselves from the pack.

That is the goal today with the teams most “on the bubble” of making the playoffs in the West. Under the microscope will be the Mavericks, Kings, Spurs, Pelicans, Timberwolves, and Thunder. These six teams will be battling for essentially one playoff spot. Let the games begin.