Playoff Hopes Rise for Dallas and Phoenix as Regular Season Nears End

Dallas and Phoenix had raised doubts throughout the season, but when the key moment of the regular seasonin which it is defined which teams will be directly in the playoffs and which will not, the truth is that they are giving a great image.

Starting with the Mavericks, they have nine wins in their last ten games, including this past morning’s victory against the Golden State Warriors by 108-106. The pieces seem to be definitively falling into place, and they took the victory despite not having the participation of Luka Doncic, who was absent due to what Dallas defined as pain in his right knee.

Without the Slovenian genius, Kyrie Irving led the way with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. The point guard is in the best moment of his career in years and those from Texas are grateful for it. Furthermore, they have been completely right with the movements they made before the transfer market closed. Without going any further, last night PJ Washington was the top scorer against the Californians, scoring up to 32 points.

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“It was spectacular. You could tell it was going to be a special night just by how the game started. That’s what we need, especially when we don’t have certain guys in the lineup and we need more offensive potential,” Irving says of his teammate.

With this victory, Dallas consolidates its position in fourth place in the Western Conference, something that has been helped by the fact that the Pelicans have accumulated four consecutive losses and that the Kings have fallen on their visit to Boston. Now Jason Kidd’s men are two games ahead in seventh place with five games left to play.

Los Suns fall to Minnesota

In Phoenix there was always the feeling that with the talent they had accumulated they would always have a chance to win when push came to shove. Well, they may be right. This past morning they beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-87 while all the pieces seemed to fall into place. Kevin Durant is doing everything (22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists this time), Bradley Beal is being a dagger on offense and Devin Booker seems more settled in his role as a playmaker (13 assists against the Wolves).

With this victory against one of the leaders of the Western Conference, those from Arizona remain in sixth position and put a game difference in their favor with the Pelicans, exactly the team they receive in their next match. If they win that victory, they will directly reach the goal.

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2024-04-06 04:45:28
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