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2012 NBA Western Conference Standings: Mavericks Loss To Blazers Hurts Chances For Home Court

Friday night the Dallas Mavericks had a chance to ge a fairly easy win when they faced the Portland Trail Blazers, and it looked that way early on but the Mavericks blew a 15-point lead. However, the Mavericks loss to the Trail Blazers which drops them to the No. 6 spot and 2.5 games behind the Clippers for the No. 4 spot with only 10 games left.

The loss also puts the Mavericks only one game ahead of the No. 8 spot and two games from being out of the playoff race all together. The Mavericks can not afford any more losses to inferior teams if they want to even stay in the playoff race to defend their title, or let alone earn home court advantage in the first round.

Western Standings

1 San Antonio Spurs 53 39-14 .736
2 Oklahoma City Thunder 55 40-15 .727
3 Los Angeles Lakers 55 35-20 .636
4 Los Angeles Clippers 55 33-22 .600
5 Memphis Grizzlies 53 30-23 .566
6 Dallas Mavericks 55 31-24 .564
7 Houston Rockets 54 29-25 .537
8 Denver Nuggets 54 29-25 .537
9 Phoenix Suns 54 28-26 .519
10 Utah Jazz 55 28-27 .509

For more on the Mavericks, head to Mavs Moneyball.

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