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NBA Standings Update: Dallas Mavericks Sliding In Southwest Division

The Dallas Mavericks are in a bit of a slide, losing two in a row on their current road trip and seven of their last ten.

However, the team's recent struggles have not knocked them out of the huge pack of teams chasing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference.

But, with only 1.5 months left in the NBA season, the Mavericks have to be more worried about keeping young teams like the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers at bay to just make the playoffs than defending their 2011 NBA championship.

Dallas would be sixth if things ended today, but their recent skin, including six straight road losses, has removed much of their margin for error. Here's the Western Conference standings as of Saturday March 10:

Western Standings

Oklahoma City Thunder 40 31-9 .775
San Antonio Spurs 39 26-13 .667
Los Angeles Clippers 38 23-15 .605
Memphis Grizzlies 38 23-15 .605
Los Angeles Lakers 40 24-16 .600
Denver Nuggets 41 23-18 .561
Dallas Mavericks 42 23-19 .548
Houston Rockets 40 21-19 .525
Minnesota Timberwolves 41 21-20 .512
Utah Jazz 39 19-20 .487
Portland Trail Blazers 40 19-21 .475
Phoenix Suns 39 18-21 .462
Golden State Warriors 36 15-21 .417
Sacramento Kings 40 14-26 .350
New Orleans Hornets 40 9-31 .225

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.