Dallas Mavericks versus Golden State Warriors preview

The Dallas Mavericks are one of many teams fighting for their playoff lives, and every game from tonight’s matchup with the Golden State Warriors is a must-win.

Currently in a three-way tie with the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets for the sixth seed in the Western Conference standings, the three teams are all only 1.5 games ahead of the ninth seeded Utah Jazz, and as such need to win out.

Dallas has a stretch of four games in five days beginning tonight, playing Portland, L.A. and Utah afterwards.

They need to take advantage of the first two games, versus the Warriors and the TrailBlazers, who are two of the league’s worst teams and not in the playoff hunt at all.

The Mavericks are struggling though, although they won their first game without forward Lamar Odom when they beat the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday 110-100.

“We’ve got a lot of veterans in here and we’ve been through worse than that,”  Mavs guard Jason Terry said when asked about Odom’s departure. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors, but that’s now all in the past and we are focused on the job at hand, and that’s making the playoffs.”

Odom was released on Sunday after getting into an argument with Mavs owner Mark Cuban.

The Warriors’ season is all but over, and playing without starting guard Stephen Curry after trading away star guard Monta Ellis, the Warriors have gone on to amass one of the worst records in the league at 22-35.

Tonight will be the second night of a back-to-back for the Warriors; they lost 118-110 Wednesday night to Portland.

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