How Jamal Murray’s injury impacts the Mavericks: Playoff seeding
The Dallas Mavericks do not face the Denver Nuggets again during the regular season. The Nuggets feel comfortably ahead of Dallas, but they could dip quickly in the standings. Denver has 18 games remaining, and they are just 2.5 games ahead of sixth.
The Nuggets are 4.5 clear of the Mavericks. Denver would have to struggle mightily down the stretch to fall into the play-in, but do not be surprised to see them drop out of homecourt in the first round.
Dallas is focused on passing the Trail Blazers and moving up to sixth. The Mavericks are two games back with 19 games remaining in the regular season. Portland has won just six of their last ten and could open the door for the Mavericks to pass them down the stretch.
According to Tankathon, the Blazers have the third toughest remaining schedule in the NBA. Denver ranks 15th, and the Mavericks have the easiest remaining schedule. Dallas has to take advantage of the plethora of rebuilding teams left on their slate and get a bit of help if they want to avoid the play-in and lock in a first-round playoff matchup.
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