14. Dallas Mavericks

Record: 10 - 7
Last Week's Rank: 11
Last Week's Results: L @ L.A. Lakers 70-73, (Mon); L @ L.A. Clippers 89-91, (Wed); W @ Utah 94-91, (Thu); W @ New Orleans 83-81, (Sat)
This Week: vs. Phoenix, Monday (1/23); vs.Minnesota, Wednesday (1/25); vs. Utah, Friday (1/27); vs. San Antonio, Sunday (1/29)

This was probably as good a week as Dallas could've expected—even with the loss of Dirk for four games. After splitting an L.A.-Utah-New Orleans road trip, the Mavs get what should be a light homestand to get their MVP into shape and give some work to Lamar Odom. —Jack Erwin