The Mavs win in Milwaukee on Tuesday night is their fourth straight, has them three games under .500 and now supporting their belief they can not only shave soon, but will reach the playoffs.
And that's all well and good until they go to San Antonio on Thursday night where they will eat from a plate of reality. They will eat the same dish on March 17 when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Mavs have 19 games remaining to make this run to extend their impressive playoff streak, but the problem is the Lakers are now awake, too.
There are too many losses remaining on the Mavs schedule for them to really have a shot.
Consider these remaining opponents
3/14 at San Antonio (49-16)
3/15 vs. OKC (47-17)
3/18 at Atlanta (34-29, 19-11 at home)
3/20 v. Brooklyn (38-27)
3/22 vs. Boston (34-29)
3/24 vs. Utah (33-31)
3/26 vs. LA Clippers (45-20)
3/28 vs Indiana (39-24)
4/2 at Lakers (34-31)
4/4 at Denver (43-22)
4/12 vs. Denver (43-22)
4/15 vs. Memphis (43-19)
Alas, if you consider a push for the eighth seed entertaining this should be at least interesting.
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