Dallas Mavericks: Nuggets

Wild West: Mavs-Thunder series nearly set?

April, 26, 2012
4/26/12
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We take a look at the games that impact the West playoff picture each morning for the rest of the regular season.

Mavs' spot in the standings: The Mavericks are closing in on a first-round series with the No. 2-seed Oklahoma City Thunder in what would be a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals. A Dallas loss at Atlanta on Thursday or a Denver win at Minnesota (or if both lose), then the series is set. If the Mavs win and the Nuggets lose, Dallas will finish with the sixth seed and take on the Lakers.

WEDNESDAY'S MEANINGFUL GAMES
Nuggets 106, Thunder 101: Denver takes the upper hand for the No. 6 seed and a first-round date with the Lakers, while the Thunder are thrilled that James Harden, the leading Sixth Man of the Year candidate, was medically cleared Wednesday for the start of the playoffs after sustaining a concussion Sunday.

Knicks 99, Clippers 93: Chris Paul sat out with a mild groin strain and now the Clippers need the Grizzlies to lose at home today to the Magic to secure home-court advantage in their first-round series with Memphis.

TODAY’S MEANINGFUL MATCHUPS
Mavs at Hawks
Nuggets at Timberwolves
Magic at Grizzlies

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Thunder

Wild West: Nuggets tighten hold on 6th seed

April, 23, 2012
4/23/12
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We take a look at the games that impact the West playoff picture each morning for the rest of the regular season.

Mavs' spot in the standings: Denver's second-half blowout of Orlando on Sunday moved it a half-game ahead of Dallas for the No. 6 seed. The Nuggets have two games remaining. The Mavs have one and they own the tiebreaker so nothing is settled. Elsewhere, the Spurs' win combined with the Thunder's loss at the Lakers on Sunday gives the Spurs a 1 1/2-game lead atop of the Western Conference while the Lakers moved a step closer to clinching the No. 3 seed.

SUNDAY'S GAMES
Lakers 114, Thunder 106 (2OT): Two critical questions remain from this one: How deep into the playoffs will the certain suspension coming to Metta World Peace go for landing an elbow to the side of James Harden's head, and will the concussion Harden sustained keep him out of the start of the playoffs?

Nuggets 101, Magic 74: The game was tied 44-44 at halftime. Denver's second-half surge puts it in control of finishing ahead of Dallas in the No. 6 seed with two games to go.

Heat 97, Rockets 88: Houston led by as many as 13, but couldn't hold it and was eliminated from playoff contention.

Spurs 114, Cavaliers 98: Manu Ginobili scored 20 points off the bench as San Antonio won its seventh in a row and has the No. 1 seed within their grasp with three games to play.

Clippers 107, Hornets 98: L.A. rallies with a 33-14 fourth quarter to keep the No. 3 seed in play and tighten its grip on the No. 4 seed.

TODAY’S GAMES
Cavaliers at Grizzlies
Trail Blazers at Spurs

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Thunder

Wild West: Mavs take control of No. 6 seed

April, 14, 2012
4/14/12
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We take a look at the games that impact the West playoff picture each morning for the rest of the regular season.

Mavs' spot in the standings: The No. 6 seed is the Mavs' for the taking. Both Houston and Denver lost Friday night to fall 1 1/2 games back of Dallas in the standings. Plus, the Mavs hold the tiebreaker over both clubs with six games to play.

FRIDAY'S GAMES
Mavs 97, Blazers 94: Dallas led by 20 points late in the third quarter, but eight turnovers in the fourth quarter energized Portland and produced a massive run that only its own late turnovers sabotaged from being a one-possession game in the final minutes.

Lakers 103, Nuggets 97: L.A. picks up another impressive win as Kobe Bryant missed his fourth consecutive game with a shin injury and Andrew Bynum went for 30 points and eight rebounds.

Suns 112, Rockets 105: Another big road win for Steve Nash and company while the Rockets lose their second in a row at home and, along with Denver, are dangerously close to being passed by the Suns.

Hornets 96, Jazz 85: Horrible road loss for the 10th-place Jazz, whose playoff hopes are now on life support with a must-have game at Memphis tonight.

Thunder 115, Kings 89: Easy home win as the Thunder look to hold off the Spurs for the No. 1 seed.

TODAY’S GAMES
Warriors at Clippers
Thunder at Timberwolves
Jazz at Grizzlies
Suns at Spurs

If the playoffs started today: Mavs vs. Lakers

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9