When does the NBA Regular Season end for the Mavericks?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks are fighting for playoff position in the crowded Western Conference. Just 3.5 games separate fifth and 13th in the standings with Dallas just two games up on 11th with 17 to go. The top six teams automatically qualify for the playoffs in each conference with teams seven through ten taking part in the Play-In Tournament. 11th misses the postseason entirely and heads into the draft lottery.

The Mavs have no designs of missing the playoffs, but they are still figuring things out after the blockbuster trade for Kyrie Irving. They are just 2-5 when Luka Doncic and Irving have both played, but four of those losses have come down to the final possession. Dallas just needs a bit of late-game luck to change the narrative around the team.

The races for playoff position figure to go down to the final day of the regular season in the Western Conference. When does the season end? Here is a closer look, plus why Mavericks fans should believe their team can still make a move on the final day.

When does the NBA Regular Season end for the Mavericks?

The last day of the NBA regular season is April 9 with all 30 teams set to be in action. All 15 Eastern Conference teams and the Houston Rockets play at 12:00 p.m. CT on the final day of the regular season with the other 14 Western Conference teams tipping off at 2:30 p.m. CT. There will be drama on the final day, but the Mavericks are positioned nicely to take advantage.

Dallas hosts the rebuilding San Antonio Spurs on the final day of the regular season. Gregg Popovich and company are tanking for the number one pick in the draft, and they will have zero interest in defeating the Mavericks on April 9. The remaining 12 teams in the race out West face each other on the final day of the regular season, which is an advantage for the Mavs.

The Dallas Mavericks want to avoid the Play-In Tournament, which means they will have to go on a run down the stretch. They are just 0.5 games behind sixth right now, but the Timberwolves and Warriors will play well down the stretch. Dallas needs to play better if they are going to move up, but it will be no easy task. Can Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving lead the charge? Stay tuned to find out.

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