Dallas Mavericks climb in Power Rankings heading into final week
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks are red hot right now. They have won four straight and ten of their 12 games. Excluding playing Sacramento, superstar Luka Doncic and the Mavs have won ten straight. The 22-year-old is putting up massive numbers as the team continues to win without Kristaps Porzingis down the stretch.
The Mavericks are fifth in the Western Conference entering the final week of the 2020-2021 regular season. They have four games left and currently sit two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers for seventh. Dallas’ magic number to finish in the top six is down to two. They are a virtual lock to make the playoffs, but there is still work to be done in the final week.
The Mavs were undefeated last week. They defeated the Heat and Nets before winning two straight against the Cavaliers. How high did that help them climb in the NBA Power Rankings? Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks in top ten in NBA Power Rankings heading into final week
The undefeated week vaulted the Mavs from 11th to eight in The Athletic’s Power Rankings (subscription required) this week. ESPN moved them up to ninth in their version. Dallas held steady at tenth in Bleacher Report’s Power Rankings. They are comfortably in the top ten in each set and playing their best basketball at the right time.
The Mavericks have some significant questions to answer in the final week. The health of Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber are at the forefront. Dallas needs both players healthy if they are going to make a deep playoff run. The Mavs will be looking to hold onto fifth in the West and secure a first-round matchup against the Denver Nuggets in the final week.
Each of the team’s final four games will matter. Dallas Mavericks fans should stay tuned and check back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest, including all the playoff analysis they crave. Do not miss it.