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Dallas Mavericks: Breaking down the West seeding scenarios

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets and Clippers fight for third and who will face Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs

The Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers enter the final day of the regular season tied for third in the Western Conference. Nikola Jokic and his team hold the tiebreaker by defeating the Clippers two out of three times this season.

The Nuggets face the Portland Trail Blazers in a key game in the standings. A Denver win secures a third place finish, but likely puts the Blazers into the play-in tournament. The Nuggets could win and set up a matchup with the Lakers in the first round. Expect Denver to be happy to fall to the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Denver still gets the third seed if the LA Clippers lose to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both teams may be attempting to drop that game. The Thunder gain more lottery balls by losing to the Clippers.

Prediction: Clippers defeat Thunder as Nuggets fall to Trail Blazers

LA is likely to finish third in the Western Conference as Oklahoma City has lost nine straight games down the stretch. If Portland wins, that means the Clippers will face either the Trail Blazers or Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

Next: Mavs fight for fifth

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