Apr 8, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts during the second half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. The Mavericks won 95-83. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Three Games Remain to Determine Dallas Mavericks Fate

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Tonight the Dallas Mavericks (48-31) face their in-state rival, the San Antonio Spurs, as both teams jockey for playoff positioning. The Spurs most likely have the top seed locked up but if they completely tank it’s still possible they could slip to #2 while OKC claims #1. The Mavericks are a different story…

The Mavericks haven’t even locked up a playoff spot yet and the next three games will help determine if and where the Mavs finish in the playoff race. The Mavs currently hold the 7th seed and could finish as high as the 6th seed or miss the playoffs altogether. Everything depends on this last week of the regular season. The good news is the Mavericks playoff destiny sits largely in their own hands.

To ensure a playoff spot the Mavericks will need to either win 2 of 3 remaining games, or supplement those wins with Memphis losses. The odds are strongly in the Mavericks favor as they have a 1.5 game lead on #8 Memphis (46-32) and a .5 lead on #7 Phoenix (47-31).

 

Dallas Mavericks’ Remaining Schedule

San Antonio Spurs

7pm CDT Thursday 4/10

 

Phoenix Suns

7:30pm CDT Saturday 4/12

 

At Memphis Grizzlies

7pm CDT Wednesday 4/16

 

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