The Dallas Mavericks have lost four of their last five games. They were a Luka Doncic miracle game-winning buzzer-beater away from being winless in that stretch. Things have taken a sudden turn after the Mavs looked to be back on track.
Dallas is focused on avoiding the play-in tournament, but that will be no easy task. They are two games behind the Trail Blazers in the standings, but Portland has the tiebreaker. The Mavericks have to make up three games over their final 16 to finish in the top six and avoid the play-in madness. They have no margin for error after dropping four of five.
After winning just one game last week, the Mavs took another dip in the NBA’s Power Rankings. Where do they stand on April 19? Let us take a closer look at three outlets to find out.
Dallas Mavericks fade in Power Rankings after losing four of five
ESPN has the Mavs the highest at 11th in this week’s Power Rankings, but they dropped two spots from the previous set. Dallas slipped from tenth to 12th in Bleacher Report’s Power Rankings. The Athletic also dropped the Mavericks from tenth to 12th in their Power Ranks (subscription required).
Luka Doncic and company need to get back on track now. They have the second-easiest remaining schedule in the NBA. Just taking care of business in the games they will be heavily favored in could mean Dallas wins 11 of their final 16 games. That alone might be enough to move them up to sixth given Portland’s recent struggles. The Mavericks need to play better on both ends of the floor to make it happen, though.
Stay tuned for what should be an exciting and wild stretch run. The Smoking Cuban will be covering it all for Dallas Mavericks fans, so be sure to check back to the site often.