Dallas Mavericks scenario 2: Mavs win out and Blazers fall to Suns
Thursday’s slate features a massive game. Portland goes to Phoenix on the second night of a back-to-back to face the Suns. The result will help determine the fate of every team in the West playoff race. A Suns win keeps their hopes of grabbing the top seed alive. It also gives the Lakers hope of avoiding the play-in tournament and puts Dallas in the driver’s seat for the fifth seed.
Assuming Phoenix wins on May 13, if the Mavericks win out they are the fifth seed. Dallas hosts the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, who have lost four straight and appear to be in full tank mode. They close against the Timberwolves on Sunday, who are competing hard down the stretch. That will be no easy win for the Mavericks, but Dallas will be favored.
In this scenario, the Nuggets may be hoping to lose to the Blazers in the final game of the season. It would force the Lakers into the play-in and seal Denver a matchup against the Mavericks in the first round.
The Trail Blazers splitting the last two games and Dallas winning out means the Mavericks finish fifth with Portland sixth and the Lakers in the play-in tournament. Mavs fans should be watching the Blazers closely on Thursday night.
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