Pre-game buzz: Mark Cuban keeps it even keel

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban continued his stance not to get too down or get too high over anything that happens during this 66-game regular season.

He said it after the 2-7 stretch and he said it again Wednesday prior to his team seeking a fifth consecutive win against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"You can’t get all excited when you win and then say it doesn’t count when you lose," Cuban said. "I said if you give us some rest, things will be different and we got some rest. We got to make the playoffs, but that’s all I really care about."

Cuban said preferably he'd like homecourt advantage, if only for the financial gain.

"I don’t care what seed we are," Cuban said. "I mean, I’d like to have home court just because we make more money, but beyond that, from a basketball perspective, I don’t care."

The Mavs enter tonight's game holding down the No. 5 seed and just 1 1/2 games behind the Lakers in the No. 3 spot.