14. Dallas Mavericks

Record: 4 - 5
Last Week's Rank: 11
Last Week's Results: W vs. Oklahoma City, 100-87 (Mon); W vs. Phoenix, 98-89 (Wed); L @ San Antonio, 71-93 (Thu); W vs. New Orleans, 96-81 (Sat)
This Week: @ Detroit, Tuesday (1/10); @ Boston, Wednesday (1/11); vs. Milwaukee, Friday (1/13); vs. Sacramento, Saturday (1/14)

The Mavs went 3-1 this week to avert a total post-championship disaster hangover, but Monday's W over the Thunder aside, Dallas isn't exactly making bettors flock to repeat action. No matter. Jason Kidd missed Saturday's game against the Hornets, and will be held out at least two more contests. But this team isn't playing for regular season glory. If Vince Carter can start to do this on a semi-regular basis, and Lamar Odom awakes from his barbecue coma (he's still averaging fewer than 7 points in less than 20 minutes of burn per game), Bid D will be Big dangerous at some point. —Jack Erwin