Apr 18, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) drives to the basket during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 117-110. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
The Mavs are officially in the playoffs, but now they'll need to keep winning for the best seed possible. Their home finale Friday against Golden State is still a must-win.
The Dallas Mavericks clinched their 12th consecutive playoff berth on Thursday night without ever taking the floor - Houston's overtime loss to New Orleans mathematically guaranteed the Mavs a playoff spot, but with three remaining regular season games, there's still plenty at stake in terms of seeding. Dallas can manage the minutes of its starters against the lowly Warriors tonight.
By virtue of tiebreakers over Utah and Phoenix (fighting for the final spot), Dallas likely couldn't fall past either team to the No. 8 seed, provided they can beat Golden State on Friday. Dallas closes its season with road trips to Chicago and Atlanta, both in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
Date / Time: Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: American Airlines Arena, Dallas, Texas
TV: FSSW-DAL, NBA League Pass
Radio: Mavericks Radio Network
Line: Mavericks (-12)