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NBA Power Rankings: SB Nation Unimpressed With Mavericks Run

They've won 11 of 12, got their best game yet from Peja Stojakovic, and should see Rodrigue Beaubois' return tomorrow, but the Mavericks lost two spots in SB Nation's latest power rankings.

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7. Dallas Mavericks (38-16, Prev: #5) -- The Mavericks might have had a nice win streak before Arron Afflalo's buzzer beater last Thursday, but look at the margins and the competition. A two-point win over the Cavs? A two-point win over the Kings? That's not impressing too many folks. The schedule remains soft until the second week of March. It pays to have frontloaded schedule.

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The Mavs trail the Spurs (#1) and Lakers (#5) in the West, as well as the Heat, Celtics, Bulls and Magic out East. Dallas has completed their eight games against those top four in the East, finishing 5-3. They have a home-and-home remaining with the Lakers and will host the Spurs once more.

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