Dallas Mavericks will play the most games this season: Why it matters

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks will play NBA high 75 games: Why it matters

The Dallas Mavericks will soon be gearing up for more games. Training camp 2.0 is set to begin in early July in preparation for the NBA’s restart in Orlando.

The Mavs are one of 22 teams in the fray to win a title. Each will play eight regular season games before the playoffs get underway. The NBA added a play-in for the final spot in both conferences as long as the ninth-seeded team is within four games.

The plan the league chose is perfect for the Mavericks. Fans can read all the reasons why here.

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Dallas Mavericks set to lead NBA in games played: Why it could matter

ESPN reported on July 6 that tiebreakers in the final standings will be determined by winning percentage followed by the normal procedure. The winning percentage will be a factor because teams will not have played an equal number of games this season.

The Mavericks played 67 games before the NBA suspended play on March 11. That is the highest amount in the league. The Spurs sit at an NBA low 63 games played.

The Western Conference is tightly packed two through seven, so Dallas playing more games could have a massive impact on the playoff seeding. The Mavericks have 40 wins on the season. The Thunder and Rockets also won 40 games, but have three fewer losses.

For example, let us assume the Mavs win six of their eight regular season games in Orlando. The Nuggets conversely win just two. Dallas would be 46-29 and Denver finishes 45-28. The Nuggets would still have a higher seed based on winning percentage despite the Mavericks having an additional victory.

The other three teams directly ahead of Dallas have a half-game either way. Meaning if Dallas finishes with six victories in Orlando and the Rockets split their eight games, the Mavericks would be the higher seed. The same goes for the Thunder with Dallas needing to bridge three games to pass the Utah Jazz.

The Dallas Mavericks still have significant room to move in the standing during the eight regular season games in Orlando. They will play a league-high 75 this season. That will matter in the winning percentage tiebreaker, but is unlikely to negatively impact the Mavs.

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