How far up can Dallas Mavericks move in standings in NBA Orlando?
How far can Dallas Mavericks move up in Western Conference in Orlando?
The Dallas Mavericks will be back in action later this summer. The NBA has finalized a plan for the league’s return to action. It will need to pass a vote on Thursday, but that is expected to happen.
The plan in place is perfect for the Dallas Mavericks. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, games begin on July 31 with eight regular season contests per team. There will then be a playoff-in for the final playoff spot in both conferences as long as the ninth-seeded team is within four games. After that, the playoffs will happen in the traditional format. Find out more specifics here.
The return brings about questions for Mavericks fans. One of them, is how far up in the standings can the Mavs move in Orlando? Let us take a look.
Dallas Mavericks can make up a lot of ground in Orlando
The Western Conference standings are tightly packed. The Lakers virtually have the top seed locked up. Dallas is just 5.5 games behind the Clippers for second in the Western Conference. It is nearly impossible for them to climb that far, though.
Best case scenario, the Mavericks win six out of eight in the Orlando regular season. They could climb over multiple teams in that scenario.
The Mavs are four games behind the third-seeded Nuggets. Utah is 2.5 games up. Then, the Thunder and Rockets are both 1.5 ahead of Dallas. In the best case, the Mavericks could jump three teams and finish in fourth. The math says they can move higher, but remember the other teams are going to win games too.
Dallas can certainly make up a lot of ground in Orlando. They are hoping to climb out of the seventh spot and get a favorable first round matchup. The Mavericks believe they can beat any team. It should be an exciting finish in Orlando this summer for all supporters, so stay tuned.