Dallas entered Thursday night in a three-way tie with Houston and Denver at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff field, and with a key road win at Golden State, now has a half-game advantage over the Nuggets and Rockets and are in striking distance of 5th seed Memphis.
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|San Antonio Spurs||57||41-16||.719|
|Los Angeles Lakers||59||37-22||.627|
|Los Angeles Clippers||59||36-23||.610|
|Portland Trail Blazers||59||28-31||.475|
|Golden State Warriors||58||22-36||.379|
|New Orleans Hornets||58||16-42||.276|
Both teams will get a stretch of teams largely outside of the playoff pictures - Dallas takes a road trip to Portland, the Lakers and Utah, while Memphis will next play the Jazz and Hornets.
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