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However, there are great consequences for the victory. Although both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs long ago, they are struggling for a small edge in the draft lottery odds.
Dallas & # 39; win pushes the team to 32 victories that tie them up with the very Grizzlies and Washington Wizards. Meanwhile, New Orleans Pelicans are right on their tails of 33 wins.
With only one to two games left for each team, there is a lot on the line for those teams that could end with between sixth and ninth worst records.
Why is draft lottery positioning so key to Mavs?
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Because Mavs may have the sixth worst record at best, they have to win one of the four best picks in the lottery to keep their own choices this year.
Considering that they are likely to have a much better record next season with one year's experience for Doncic, a healthy Kristaps Porzingis and a potential top -Four lottery pick, Mavericks would much prefer to convey their first rounds next season.
How likely are Mavericks to hold their choice?
At best, Mavericks will be in sixth position, giving them a 37.2 percent chance of holding their selections. But if they win, they can end up with ninth and with a 20.2 percent chance.
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Dallas wraps his season home against the Phoenix Suns – where it will be favored – before visiting San Antonio Spurs. Meanwhile, other teams have harder opponents, so Mavericks could easily be in an even harder place soon.
Dreaming of a big tree of Luka, Kristaps and Zion Williamson is easy, but the chances of the potential core seem to be fading over time. Sunday's victory certainly puts a wrench into those plans, but there is still a chance to improve the team's chances before May 14 the lottery.
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