Record: 28 - 22
Last Week's Rank: 13
Last Week's Results: W @ Denver 112-95, (Mon); L vs. LA Lakers 93-109, (Wed); L @ San Antonio 87-104, (Fri); W @ Houston 101-99, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Houston, Tuesday (3/27); @ Miami, Thursday (3/29); @ Orlando, Friday (3/30)
The Mavs clutched up on the Rockets in a win Rick Carlisle called the, “biggest game of the year.” Why? If the Mavs had lost, they would have fallen out of the playoff picture altogether. That's right, the defending champs are dangerously close to missing the postseason. With away games against the Magic and Heat this week, Tuesday's game against Houston is as must-win if Dirk and Co. want to keep pace in the West. —Sean Evans