Despite the performances of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks of the American Professional Basketball (NBA) have been sluggish with 1 win and 6 losses in the last 7 games.
Dallas lost 122-129 in an away game against the Miami Heat in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at Miami Dade Arena in Miami, Florida, USA on the 2nd (먹튀검증Korean time).
Dallas, which went 37-41, was ranked 11th out of 15 teams in the Western Conference.
In the NBA, you need to finish at least 10th in the conference to advance to the play-in tournament and get a glimpse of the playoff potential. If they finish in 11th place, the season ends with the end of the regular league.
Dallas acquired Kyrie Irving at the trade deadline in February and built a ‘one-two punch’ with Luka Doncic.
Dallas, which was 29-26 before joining Irving, was rather sluggish with 8-15 in 23 games after that.
It is still one game away from the 10th place Oklahoma City Thunder (38-40), so there is still a chance to go to the play-in tournament.
However, if Oklahoma City and Dallas are tied, the actual gap is only two games because Oklahoma City, which is ahead of the opponent with 2 wins and 1 loss, rises to the top.
For Dallas to overtake Oklahoma City, they need to win all of their remaining four games, and Oklahoma City must go 2-2.
On this day, Dallas also scored 42 points and Irving 23 points, but Jimmy Butler scored 35 points and 12 assists in Miami.
The New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Clippers 122-114 to advance to the Play-In Tournament.
New Orleans became 7th in the Western Conference with 40-38 and narrowed the gap with the 6th place LA Clippers (41-38) to 0.5 games.
The 6th place goes directly to the playoffs, and the 7th to 10th place play-in tournaments determine the two teams that will go to the playoffs.