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Early Mavs chat, 11 a.m.

The Lakers game has come and gone. The Mavericks have lost three of five. Tonight they face a tough road test at the Portland Trail Blazers.

A loss and the Mavs will fall out of the No. 2 seed with 15 games to play.

Can Dallas maintain its nearly season-long grip on the all-important No. 2 seed, which guarantees homecourt advantage in a potential second-round series with the Lakers?

Should the Mavs even be thinking about the second round?

Let's hear what you think. Submit your questions now here.