The Dallas Mavericks are currently sitting in the No. 8 spot in the NBA‘s Western Conference standings. They do, however, keep jumping back and forth between the No. 7 and No. 6 seeds as they battle with the Phoenix Coyotes and Golden State Warriors.
After a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night and another loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, the Mavs have moved down the standings. The Mavs are hoping to return to the playoffs this year after missing it last season.
Dallas will be happy to make the playoffs but will they be happy if they land in a position where they are forced to play the Spurs in the first round? Dallas has a rough time playing the Spurs lately. To be exact, San Antonio has beaten the Mavs eight straight times, including Sunday night’s matchup.
The game was one in which the Spurs seemed to constantly be in control. Even when Dallas would make a run to cut the lead down, the Spurs seemed to always have an answer. It didn’t help that Tony Parker was back from his six-game hiatus. Parker led the team with 22 points and seven assists.
The way it looks right now, the Spurs are going to either finish with the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the conference. This means the Mavericks need to try and get the No. 6 seed or better. This will be easier said than done because there are other teams trying to do the same thing.
Dallas is also starting a stretch in which they will play some stiff competition like the Indiana Pacers, Portland Trailblazers and the Warriors. If the Mavs want to avoid a first-round exit from the playoffs, they have to avoid playing the Spurs at all costs.