It’s been a rollercoaster of a season for the Dallas Mavericks, and they haven’t even hit their mid-season destination yet. The Mavs have already defeated all top 10 teams in NBA history, but are still looking to take down LeBron James and company on their home court come June. If this team manages to finish off what could be one of the most impressive runs in league history with victories over Houston and Golden State before falling again at home against San Antonio it will move them within one game of clinching a playoff spot as well as being two games away from winning 50 games

Destroying Free-Falling Lakers Would Move Dallas One Step Closer to Championship Dreams

The Dallas Mavericks have two pieces of excellent news: One, Luka Doncic and his teammates are still one of the greatest teams in the Western Conference, and two, the Golden State Warriors aren’t.

While the Mavericks continue to climb the Western Conference rankings, the Warriors, who are missing Stephen Curry, are battling to establish their identity as the playoffs approach.

On the surface, a victory against the underperforming Los Angeles Lakers — especially without LeBron James — doesn’t seem to show anything about Dallas.

Except for the fact that it would. It would also bring the Mavericks one step closer to realizing their championship ambitions.

The Dallas Mavericks keep climbing the Western Conference rankings.

At the end of December, the Mavs were 17-18. The team’s playoff ceiling seemed to be a spot in the play-in tournament.

Dallas, on the other hand, has gone 29-11 since the new year and is now in fourth place in the Western Conference.

Of course, Doncic is the driving force. Luka’s numbers in 2022 — particularly since February — have catapulted him into the debate for NBA MVP.

However, another crucial cause was a deadline-day deal that sent Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.

In his 17 games with the Mavs, Dinwiddie has become Dallas’ second-leading scorer, averaging 17.4 points per game. As a backcourt scorer and playmaker, he’s become a vital second banana to Luka.

Dallas is also improving – the squad is now 10-4 in March.

A victory against the Lakers would be another step forward in the Mavericks’ pursuit for a title.

With a victory against the Lakers, the Mavs will be one game closer to securing a No. 3 seed.

The good news coming out of Dallas Mavericks camp is that Luka Doncic and company are inching closer to a higher seed in the West and an NBA championship.

The good news coming out of Dallas Mavericks camp is that Luka Doncic and company are inching closer to a higher seed in the West and an NBA championship. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after being called for a foul against the Golden State Warriors.

Dallas would meet the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz in the first round if the season concluded on March 29.

On March 27, the Mavericks defeated Utah 114-110, although Rudy Gobert, who has been a source of contention for Doncic throughout his career, did not play.

Despite this, the Mavericks overcame the Jazz for fourth place and are now just 1.5 games behind Golden State, which is 1-6 in its past seven games sans Curry.

The next two games for the Warriors are against the NBA’s top team, the Phoenix Suns, and the Utah Jazz.

A three-month winning streak in Dallas with an MVP contender at the head seemed to be a safe bet to beat a faltering Warriors club sans its star for the remainder of the regular season.

Regardless, the Mavericks will enter the playoffs on a high note. However, they may be coming in with the benefit of having home-court advantage for at least the first round.

This year, Dallas is demonstrating that it is a different squad than in previous Luka seasons.

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In his brief NBA career, Doncic has yet to win a playoff series. It would be a refreshing change to host one.

Dinwiddie has been a huge boost since his arrival in February. Luka has never had a backcourt mate to share the scoring load and relieve him of the pressure.

It’s a different Dallas club this time.

According to ESPN, Doncic said of going past Utah in the rankings, “That’s what we wanted, but it’s a long way to go.” “We must maintain our calm, concentrate on the next opponent, and strive to win every game.”

True, there is still a long way to go. And if the Mavericks want to keep climbing the rankings, they must win every game.

Moving over the Jazz and into fourth place, with a legitimate opportunity at the No. 3 seed, would be big.

At this time in the season, every victory is crucial. Even a victory against the woeful Lakers would get Doncic and Dallas closer to their championship dreams.

NBA.com provided all data.

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