Week 20 NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks on Top, Lakers Falling

March 10th, 2010 by Taylor Smith Leave a reply »
Apparently, nobody really wants that eighth seed in the Western Conference.

Every team currently ninth or lower in the West has dropped their most recent game, and no team has gone better than 5-5 in their last 10.

The eighth place Blazers are just 6-4 in that stretch, but appear to have a stranglehold on that playoff spot, currently holding a four-game lead.

Things are just as hectic at the top of the Western Conference, as the Lakers aren't clear-cut favorites anymore.

1. Dallas Mavericks (44-21, Last Week: 2)

The Mavs have now won 12 in a row, and have emerged as a very legitimate championship contender since the deadline trade.

The No. 1 overall seed in the West is within their sights as well, as they sit just three games behind the slumping Lakers as of Wednesday.


2. Cleveland Cavaliers (50-15, Last Week 1)

Cleveland was able to make the most of their weak schedule last week, easily defeating Eastern Conference bottom-feeders New York, New Jersey, and Detroit before dropping a game against the Bucks without LeBron James in the lineup.

The Cavs had won ...

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