Does it matter which seed the Mavs ultimately end up with? Only that a slip to No. 4 will mean the Mavs, losers of four in a row, will head into the playoffs with little to no momentum. The No. 4 seed will play the No. 5 Denver Nuggets, as hot a team as it gets at the moment, but one that features a new cast of characters with no pressure moments together to lean on in the heat of a series.
Nuggets head coach George Karl says he would prefer to face the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.