The Dallas Mavericks have won six of their last eight games as Luka Doncic attempts to lift them out of the play-in tournament. Both losses came to the Sacramento Kings last week. Those head-scratching defeats are putting a damper on their chances of finishing in the top six, but everything is on the line over the final eight games.
The Mavs sit fifth on the morning of May 3 but are tied with the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers. One of those three teams will be taking part in the play-in. Only six teams in each conference are going to advance directly to the playoffs. The seventh through ten seeds will be part of the play-in. Fans can get the specifics of how the tournament works here.
Dallas won three of their five games last week. How did that impact their standing in the NBA Power Rankings? Could they hold their position in the top ten? Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks clinging to top ten in NBA Power Rankings
Bleacher Report held the Mavs steady at ten in their Power Rankings. Dallas slipped to tenth in ESPN’s version. The Mavericks fell from ninth to 11th in The Athletic’s Power Rankings (subscription required) as they predicted Dallas to face the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year.
It is impressive that the Mavericks are clinging to a top ten spot in the power rankings without Kristaps Porzingis. The Unicorn has missed five of the last six games. He was injured in the third quarter against the Pistons and did not return to the game. The Mavs need the Unicorn back in the lineup if they are going to make a deep playoff run. Stay tuned for updates on his status.
The Dallas Mavericks are facing another important week. They have four games. It starts in Miami against the Heat before coming home to face the Nets and Cavaliers. The Mavs close on Sunday in Cleveland in a second matchup versus the Cavs. Dallas could win all four games this week. Be sure to tune in because every contest is massive. Enjoy the games.