Continuing from part two, we’re predicting the 2013-14 Dallas Mavericks to enter the final two months at 36-24. Let’s continue with part two and take a look at March and April.
March: The Mavericks start the month with two road games, and on the road for five of the first seven. They first visit the San Antonio Spurs, who will likely be No. 1 or 2 in the West, followed by the Denver Nuggets, another tough match up. Out of the 14 games in the month, only the Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics and possibly the Minnesota T’Wolves show no real threat and should be easy wins for Dallas. Other than that, the rest of the schedule proves to be tough. If the Mavs want any shot of making the playoffs, they have to have a successful March. March is by far the most crucial month for the Mavs for the 2013-14 season.
Prediction: 7-7. Season record up to now: 43-31
April: Eight games left on the schedule and the Mavs are in the final stretch, looking to secure a playoff spot in the always-loaded Western Conference. Five road to three home games for Dallas. They host the Golden State Warriors then travel to play on the road four times in the next six days, including the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, before finishing the season on April 16 against the Grizzlies in Memphis.
Prediction: 5-3. Final record: 48-34. Final conference standings: Sixth in West
The Mavericks will make the playoffs after a one-year hiatus last season, which snapped a 12-year playoff streak. Dirk Nowitzki will be back to MVP-form and Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, and even Samuel Dalembert will all have huge impacts. Brandan Wright will fight for sixth man of the year, and the rest of the bench will be one of the best in the league, led by Vince Carter.