Apr 20, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) grabs a rebound during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks head to Chicago on Saturday night to take on the Eastern Conference leading Bulls.
Though the Dallas Mavericks have clinched a playoff spot, their seeding in the Western Conference playoffs has yet to be determined. Rick Carlisle's Mavericks will be faced with a tough task on Saturday night, as they look to hold onto the sixth seed, as they head to Chicago to take on the NBA's best team -- the Bulls.
Chicago has been excellent this entire season, as they currently lead the Eastern Conference (and NBA) with a 47-16 record. The Bulls are only one game up in the loss column over the Miami Heat for the top-seed in the Eastern Conference, so Chicago still has something to play for.
Dallas, meanwhile, is playing to avoid being the seventh seed in the Western Conference. The seventh seed will have to play either the Oklahoma City Thunder or San Antonio Spurs, while the sixth seed will play either the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers.
Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on ESPN.
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