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NBA Standings 2012: Who Would The Mavs Rather Face In The Playoffs? Clippers Or Lakers?

With the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz all losing their last games, the Dallas Mavericks are now one step closer to a clinched playoff berth in the NBA's Western Conference. The Mavericks are now 1.5 games back of the No. 5 ranked Memphis Grizzlies, and Dallas is on a collision course with a team from Los Angeles, either the Lakers or Clippers.

So Mavericks fans, who would you prefer to see? Kobe Bryant and the Lake Show or Blake Griffin and Lob City? Lakers versus Mavericks tips off in a few hours, let us know your thoughts.

Western Standings

Oklahoma City Thunder 60 44-16 .733
San Antonio Spurs 58 42-16 .724
Los Angeles Lakers 60 38-22 .633
Los Angeles Clippers 60 37-23 .617
Memphis Grizzlies 59 35-24 .593
Dallas Mavericks 60 34-26 .567
Houston Rockets 59 32-27 .542
Denver Nuggets 59 32-27 .542
Phoenix Suns 60 31-29 .517
Utah Jazz 61 31-30 .508
Portland Trail Blazers 60 28-32 .467
Minnesota Timberwolves 61 25-36 .410
Golden State Warriors 59 22-37 .373
Sacramento Kings 60 19-41 .317
New Orleans Hornets 59 17-42 .288

For more on this game Mavericks fans should check out Mavs Moneyball and Lakers fans should visit Silver Screen And Roll. For more news and notes from around the NBA head over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page.

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