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5 trade deadline predictions for the Mavericks

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Trade deadline prediction for the Dallas Mavericks: 4. Surprise blockbuster on deadline day

The trade deadline always offers a few surprises, and Feb. 10 will be no different. Last year, Nikola Vucevic was dealt to Chicago, and Aaron Gordon went to Denver. Fans will be treated to a similar Vucevic-type deal on deadline day.

The expanded play-in tournament means more teams than ever have a shot at the postseason. In the Eastern Conference, the Pacers, Pistons, and Magic are the two teams more than two games out of the play-in. Out West, the Thunder and Rockets are the only ones over three back. The lack of teams at the bottom could push someone to sell at the deadline.

Do not expect Bradley Beal or James Harden to be dealt, but a former All-Star will move on deadline day. The race in the East is going to lead some team to push all-in. First and tenth in the conference are separated by seven games. That gap is 20.5 games in the West. The Cavaliers or Bulls could be the team that goes for it.

The blockbuster will shake up the title picture and have a direct impact on every playoff team but do not expect the Dallas Mavericks to be involved.

The Philadelphia 76ers have to decide what to do with Ben Simmons before Feb. 10, but will fans get a resolution of the situation?