At the end of February, the Dallas Mavericks were just 25-32 and it seemed like their chances of making the NBA Playoffs were pretty much done for. For whatever reason, though, the Mavericks have shown resurgence in the month of March and have clawed their way back to a 33-36 record. They are also only two and half games back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eight-seed in the Western Conference.
The Mavericks have been clicking on all cylinders this month for the first time all season. They are averaging 103.8 points per game and are shooting 49.5 percent from the field as a team and 41.9 percent from beyond-the-arc. They are also showing solid ball-security, only turning the ball over an average of 13.3 times per game.
Their increased level of play has allowed them to have a legitimate chance at sweeping in and earning a berth in the playoffs. If that’s going to happen, though, they have to maintain this same level of performance over their next couple of weeks. Five of their next six games are against teams currently in the playoffs and the game that’s not is against the Utah Jazz, who Dallas currently trails by a game in the standings.
The Mavericks need to come out of this upcoming stretch with at least a .500 record if they want to still have a shot at being a part of the postseason. If they are able to come out of that stretch with something like a 3-3 record, they will be sitting pretty, especially considering that five of their last seven games are against teams with losing records. For those games to be relevant, though, the Mavs have to rise to the occasion and continue playing solid basketball over the next couple weeks.