Well, let's just say the Mavericks lose and they currently are behind 87-70 after three periods, here's how the Western Conference standings would look.
7. Dallas, 39-23.
8. Golden State, 37-23.
9. Denver, 36-24.
Yep, the Mavericks would be only two games in front of Denver, which means they would be two games away from not making the playoffs.
Well, the good news for Dallas fans is that the next five opponents are New Jersey, New York, Charlotte, Indiana and Miami. The first four are home games and the fifth is in Miami.
Obviously the Mavericks badly need an easy stretch.
-- Jan Hubbard