NBA playoff picture: Mavericks make move in West, Knicks all even with Pacers

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The Mavericks grabbed a huge win over the Clippers on Tuesday, and they now find themselves just one game behind the Lakers for the last playoff spot in the West. In the East, the Knicks are percentage points ahead of the Pacers for the No. 2 seed.

Here come the Dallas Mavericks. After a thrilling 109-102 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night, the Mavs are now just one game back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Just a few weeks ago, Dallas looked destined for the lottery, floundering at seven games under .500. But the Mavs have found their groove, and they may now be the favorites to snag that last playoff spot. The Lakers have struggled of late and are beat up, with Metta World Peace the latest to go down with an injury. Meanwhile, despite winning their last game, the Jazz have gone just 3-7 in their last 10. Dallas and Utah currently hold identical 35-36 records.

As for the Clippers, they fell back into the No. 4 seed in the West behind the Denver Nuggets. Los Angeles has been rather mediocre lately, going just 5-5 in its last 10 games.

Over in the Eastern Conference, the Knicks took over the No. 2 seed from the Indiana Pacers thanks to a 100-85 win over the Boston Celtics. Both the Knicks and Pacers are 12½ games back of the Miami Heat, but New York is percentage points ahead of Indiana. Both teams will be in action on Wednesday.

Here are the full standings:


Western Standings

GP W-L PCT
San Antonio Spurs 70 53-17 .757
Oklahoma City Thunder 71 52-19 .732
Denver Nuggets 72 49-23 .681
Los Angeles Clippers 71 48-23 .676
Memphis Grizzlies 70 47-23 .671
Golden State Warriors 72 41-31 .569
Houston Rockets 70 39-31 .557
Los Angeles Lakers 71 36-35 .507
Utah Jazz 71 35-36 .493
Dallas Mavericks 71 35-36 .493
Portland Trail Blazers 70 33-37 .471
Minnesota Timberwolves 69 25-44 .362
New Orleans Hornets 71 25-46 .352
Sacramento Kings 71 25-46 .352
Phoenix Suns 71 23-48 .324


Eastern Standings

GP W-L PCT
Miami Heat 70 56-14 .800
New York Knicks 69 43-26 .623
Indiana Pacers 71 44-27 .620
Brooklyn Nets 70 41-29 .586
Chicago Bulls 69 38-31 .551
Atlanta Hawks 71 39-32 .549
Boston Celtics 70 36-34 .514
Milwaukee Bucks 69 34-35 .493
Philadelphia 76ers 70 27-43 .386
Toronto Raptors 70 26-44 .371
Washington Wizards 70 26-44 .371
Detroit Pistons 72 24-48 .333
Cleveland Cavaliers 69 22-47 .319
Orlando Magic 71 18-53 .254
Charlotte Bobcats 70 16-54 .229

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