Looking at both of the conferences right now, several teams have almost identical records and are battling for a guaranteed seed heading into the Playoffs.
One particularly interesting race to watch is the one between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trailblazers, who are neck and neck with a 32-26 and 32-27 record.
These two teams fought hard this season behind their superstars.
Dallas, on one side, have been on a roll lately.
The Mavericks have won three of their last five games and are coming off a win over the defending champions LA Lakers earlier, 115-110.
Luka Dončić spoiled the return of Anthony Davis after dropping 30 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals. Kristaps Porziņģis finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
This win allowed the Dallas Mavericks to tie up the Trailblazers in the standings.
Dallas are set to host the defending champs once again in its next game, before going back on the road to visit the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons them finally returning to its home floor to take on the Washington Wizards in its next five games. These are all winnable games.
On the other hand, the Portland Trailblazers are having a rough run entering the end of the regular season.
The Trailblazers have lost eight of their last 10 games and are now on a four-game losing streak.
Damian Lillard have missed three of their last seven games and his absence has been a big factor for the slump.
In their most recent game, the Trailblazers lost to the Denver Nuggets, 105-106, in a thriller-match-up between two of the best teams in the West.
The Blazers has also now lost three heartbreakers in a row, losing to the Clippers, Nuggets, and Grizzlies by a combined four points.
Portland’s luck doesn’t look like it’ll change anytime soon they take on the Indiana Pacers, then the Grizzlies again, and then finally the injury riddled Brooklyn Nets in its next five games.
The Dallas Mavericks certainly have the chance to hold onto their slim lead in the standings, but as we’ve seen in the past, Lillard is not the type of player that will allow the Trailblazers to go down without putting up a great fight.
The last few games for both teams are going to be intriguing to watch.
What do you think about Portland and Dallas? Who do you think will take the 6th seed? Who’d you rather have, Lillard or Dončić? Sound off in the comment section!