Obviously, this was a big game for the Mavs, and they failed. With the loss, they fall back to only being one game up on the Warriors in the seven spot and the Nuggets are tied with the Warriors for the eighth spot (at least for another hour). The Warriors are currently playing the Blazers, and it's a close one. Check it out on TNT if you like, because the success or failure of the Warriors may have just as much to the Mavs playoff hopes as the Mavs trying to scrap together some wins.
Plus, it wouldn't kill you to scout the Mavs next opponent either. How badly will Baron Davis or Monta Ellis run circles around Jason Kidd? How much will the Warriors stable of guards confound the weakened Mavericks defense? Check it out and make your own observations. Then, be worried about the Mavs next few games. It's currently tied at 59 with just under 9 minutes left, which is enough time to make a makeshift Blazers towel and wave it from your living room.
UPDATE: The Warriors have come on to thoroughly whoop the Blazers. They outscored Portland 40-20 in the third quarter and are up by 20 with six minutes to play. This will put the Warriors half a game up on the Nuggets for the eighth spot, and 1/2 a game back from the Mavs for the seventh spot.