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.
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:
|San Antonio Spurs||70||53-17||.757|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||71||52-19||.732|
|Los Angeles Clippers||71||48-23||.676|
|Golden State Warriors||72||41-31||.569|
|Los Angeles Lakers||71||36-35||.507|
|Portland Trail Blazers||70||33-37||.471|
|New Orleans Hornets||71||25-46||.352|
|New York Knicks||69||43-26||.623|
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