The Dallas Mavericks have lost two straight games, and they are suddenly just 1.5 games ahead of the seventh-place Minnesota Timberwolves in the crowded Western Conference standings. Dallas could still jump to fourth or fall into the play-in tournament in their final 11 games of the regular season.
No team wants to be part of the play-in tournament with the Clippers and Lakers looming as opponents. Dallas would have to lose two straight games to be knocked out, but it is a situation they are hoping to avoid altogether.
The Timberwolves have won nine of their last ten, and they face the Mavericks twice in the next week. Minnesota could surge ahead of Dallas with two wins, but Luka Doncic and company have one of the best records in the league since the calendar flipped to 2022. They need Reggie Bullock back in the lineup to avoid the play-in tournament and secure a place in the top five, and here is a look at why.
Why the Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock back in the lineup
Bullock was the team’s primary free-agent acquisition in the offseason, but he got off to a slow start with the Mavericks. Since the start of 2022, Bullock averages 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 0.8 steals in 29.4 minutes per game while shooting 38.1 percent on his threes. Those numbers might not blow fans away, but the 31-year-old wing provides a significant boost to the rotation.
Reggie Bullock has missed four straight games as he dealt with a personal issue, but he rejoined the team in Charlotte. Head coach Jason Kidd noted that they wanted RB to practice before returning to game action. Expect him back on Monday night against the Timberwolves, and here is why that will be a significant boost to the Mavs.