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Josh Clark
April 04, 2018 - 10:52 am
Dwight Powell: Dallas Mavericks Power Forward

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - As the NBA season comes to a close, we're keeping a close watch on where the Dallas Mavericks will finish in the standings to determine their odds of getting the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA lottery.

The latest:

Dallas did their best to lose in the final minutes but the Portland Trail Blazers were just downright awful on Tuesday night.

Portland guards Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum went a combined 2 for 15 from three-point range. Overall, they combined to shoot 13 for 38 on the night. 

While the loss kept the Mavs in the fifth spot in the NBA lottery standings, they lost their cushion as the Kings and Nets both lost. Dallas also missed out on a huge opportunity to gain ground on the Orlando Magic as they blew out the New York Knicks on Tuesday.

Dallas will face the Magic in Orlando tonight. Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr., Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell are all expected to sit out. 

The Mavericks currently have an 8.8% chance of winning the lottery. 

Sunday's results:

Grizzlies: Idle

Magic: Beat New York 97-73.

Kings: Lost to Phoenix 97-94.

Hawks:  Lost To Miami 101-98.

Mavericks: Beat Portland 115-109. 

Nets: Lost to Philadelphia 121-95.

Suns: Beat Sacramento 97-94.

Bulls: Beat Charlotte 120-114. 

Knicks: Lost to Orlando 97-73.


1st: Phoenix Suns: 20-59

Next Game: vs. Pelicans (4/6)

2nd: Memphis Grizzlies: 21-56 (2.0 GB)

Next Game: @ Pelicans (4/4)

3rd: Atlanta Hawks: 22-56 (2.5 GB)

Next Game: vs. Heat (4/4)

4th: Orlando Magic: 23-54 (4.0 GB)

Next Game: vs. Mavericks (4/4)

5th: Dallas Mavericks: 24-54 (4.5 GB) 

Next Game: @ Orlando (4/4)

6th: Sacramento Kings 25-54 (5.0 GB)

Next Game: @ Grizzlies (4/6)

7th: Brooklyn Nets: 25-53 (5.5 GB)

Next Game: @ Bucks (4/5)

8th: Chicago Bulls: 27-51 (7.5 GB)

Next Game: @ Celtics (4/6)

9th: New York Knicks: 27-51 (7.5 GB)

Next Game: vs. Heat (4/6)