For those who are wondering, if the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers finish the regular season tied for second place in the Western Conference, the Lakers would enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed.
By NBA rules, if two teams are tied entering the playoffs, the team that won its division would grab the higher seed. In this case, the Lakers are the Pacific Division champs while the Mavs will finish the season in second place behind San Antonio in the Southwest Division.
As of now, the Lakers (53-20) lead the Mavs (52-21) by one game for the No. 2 seed. The two teams play each other Thursday in Los Angeles, one day after the Mavs play the Clippers in LA.
-- Dwain Price
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