Dallas Mavericks scenario 3: Blazers win out, Mavs fall to Wolves in last game of season
The Mavericks have a magic number of one to avoid the play-in tournament. That means if they win one of their last two games or the Lakers lose one game, Dallas finishes in the top six in the Western Conference.
Trail Blazers defeating the Phoenix Suns, who have lost two straight, on Thursday night puts Portland in the driver’s seat to finish fifth.
That final game against Denver is unlikely to be significant for the Nuggets. The Clippers are one game up in the standings and finish the season playing the Hornets, Rockets, and Thunder. Assuming LA takes care of business, they will be the third seed. Denver may rest their starters giving the Blazers an easy victory on Sunday.
At that point, the Mavericks’ final game may have no impact on the standings either. Dallas would have to defeat the Raptors on Friday in this case. Then, even if they fall to the Timberwolves, Dallas will be sixth in the West and facing the LA Clippers in the first round.
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