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2012 NBA Standings: Mavericks, Nuggets And Rockets Tied At Bottom Of Playoff Pool

As the NBA nears the end of the regular season, at first glance the Dallas Mavericks seem comfortable enough in the Western Conference playoff race, but their sixth place standing is by virtue of tiebreakers, and the Mavs could be on the outside looking with just a few losses. Dallas is 32-26, the same record as Denver and Houston, with 31-28 Utah in ninth place looking to make up ground.

The hottest of the three teams is Denver, having won two straight and six of their last ten. Both the Nuggets and Rockets are off Thursday, while Dallas travels to Golden State.

Western Standings

Oklahoma City Thunder 58 42-16 .724
San Antonio Spurs 56 40-16 .714
Los Angeles Lakers 59 37-22 .627
Los Angeles Clippers 58 35-23 .603
Memphis Grizzlies 57 34-23 .596
Dallas Mavericks 58 32-26 .552
Denver Nuggets 58 32-26 .552
Houston Rockets 58 32-26 .552
Utah Jazz 59 31-28 .525
Phoenix Suns 58 30-28 .517
Portland Trail Blazers 59 28-31 .475
Minnesota Timberwolves 59 25-34 .424
Golden State Warriors 57 22-35 .386
Sacramento Kings 59 19-40 .322
New Orleans Hornets 58 16-42 .276

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