Dallas Mavericks scenario 5: Mavs, Blazers, and Lakers end up tied
If Dallas and Portland both go 1-1 and the Lakers win out, all three teams would be tied in the standings at 42-31. The Mavericks grab the fifth seed by winning their division. Portland would take the sixth seed because they topped both Dallas and Los Angeles in the season series. The Lakers would be in the play-in tournament. Fans can read the tiebreakers here.
Dallas Mavericks scenario 6: Mavs and Blazers lose out, Lakers go 2-0
In the wildest of scenarios, the Mavericks and Trail Blazers both lose their final two games and the Lakers win out. This puts Los Angeles in fifth and facing the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs. Portland would be sixth and set to face the Clippers. Dallas would be in the play-in tournament.
It is simple for the Dallas Mavericks and their fans. Take care of business in the final two regular-season games against lottery-bound teams. That guarantees a spot in the top six and makes them favored to finish fifth. Portland’s game on Thursday night is massive, so Mavs fans should tune in and root on the Suns.
There is still a ton to play for in the Western Conference. The Suns and Jazz are battling for the top spot. LA and Denver continue to fight for third. The Warriors and Grizzlies are in a battle for eighth. Things only heat up from here, so be sure to tune in and enjoy the games.