The Dallas Mavericks dominated the New Orleans Pelicans on May 12 behind a 33-point performance from superstar Luka Doncic. Kristaps Porzingis returned to the lineup and looked healthy. The win allowed Dallas to keep pace with the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers in a tight battle for seeding in the Western Conference.
All three teams have just two games left in the regular season. On the morning of May 13, the Mavericks and Blazers are tied for fifth in the West at 41-29. The Lakers are just one game back, but both foes hold the tiebreaker over the defending champions. Only the top six teams in each conference advance directly to the playoff, so one of three teams will be in the play-in tournament.
Fans may be wondering what scenarios can still play out. Here is an in-depth look at what could happen and how it impacts the Mavs in the playoffs.
Dallas Mavericks scenario 1: All three teams win out
The easiest and simplest scenario is all three teams take care of business in their remaining games. That would push the Lakers into the play-in tournament as the seventh seed. They would host the eighth seed in the first game. Fans can get all specifics of the play-in here.
The Mavericks would be the sixth seed because the Trail Blazer defeated Dallas in two of three games this season. They would likely face the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs in the rematch neither team wants. Portland would matchup against the Nuggets in the first round in this scenario.
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