The Dallas Mavericks were riding a four-game winning streak entering last week. They appeared to be a team on the rise that was ready to make a run down the stretch. The Mavs defeated the Utah Jazz on Monday and confidence was at an all-time high, but Dallas went on to have an uneven week.
They lost to the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs to snap lengthy losing streaks for each team. The Mavericks also bounced back to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Center. Dallas sits seventh in the Western Conference. They are looking to move into the top six to avoid the play-in tournament, but it will be no easy task.
How did the Mavs splitting four games impact their standing in the NBA Power Rankings? Did Dallas fall out of the top ten? Is grabbing a win over the best team in the league enough to move them up the rankings? Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks sink in Power Rankings after up and down week
The Athletic dropped the Mavs to tenth in their Power Rankings (subscription required). The Lakers and Heat both passed Dallas after showing promise over the last week. The Mavericks also dropped to tenth in Bleacher Report’s Power Rankings.
Dallas jumped the Portland Trail Blazers to move up to ninth in ESPN’s Power Rankings. The Blazers have lost three of their last four games, but the Mavs trail them by 1.5 games in the standings. The two teams do not face off again this season, but Portland has the second-toughest remaining schedule. Dallas was the second-easiest slate. Will it be enough for the Mavericks to pass them in the standings?
Stay tuned for an exciting final 20 games. Luka Doncic will be looking to lead the Dallas Mavericks into the playoffs. Expect Kristaps Porzingis to continue his stellar play. Will it be enough for the Mavs to move up? Do not miss it.