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NBA power rankings: Mavericks move up after reaching .500

After going 2-1 last week, the Dallas Mavericks moved up five spots in SB Nation's latest power rankings.

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

After going 2-1 last week, the Dallas Mavericks find themselves back at the .500 mark with a record of 10-10, and SB Nation's latest power rankings reflect Dallas' solid week.

Seth Rosenthal ranked the Mavericks as the No. 15 team in the NBA, up from spots from where Mark Cuban's team stood last week.

Rosenthal, in particular, was impressed with the play of O.J. Mayo.

Amid bad news that Dirk Nowitzki likely won't be back this month, Dallas quietly trundled back up to .500 overall. It was as if O.J. Mayo read the news and said "welp, time to start playing like a superstar again."

Dallas has a busy week this coming week, with four games on the docket -- three of which are on the road. The Mavericks will host the Sacramento Kings on Monday, before headed out to take on the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Even with the solid week, the Mavericks still trail the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzles in the Southwest division, but now hold a half-game lead over the Rockets after defeating their in-state rivals last week.

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