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MavsFanFinley
02-26-2001, 05:28 PM
With the Mavericks creating excitement all season, they've come to realize that the magic number for them to reach the playoffs stands at 23. That is, any combination of Mavericks victories and losses by the ninth-place team in the Western Conference totaling 23 would get the Mavericks into the playoffs for the first time since the 1989-'90 season.

For instance if the Houston Rockets (30-26), the current ninth-place team, go 17-9 the rest of the season, the Mavericks (34-22) would only have to finish with a 14-12 record to clinch a postseason berth, assuming that Seattle (29-27) and Denver (29-28) do not pass the Rockets.

"That's pretty cool," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. "But we've got to win at least 15 or 16 of the remaining games, and we should if we're a good team."

If the Mavericks reach their playoff goal, it probably won't be an easy journey. That is because the Rockets' schedule the rest of the season is much weaker than the Mavericks.

The Mavericks have seven games remaining against teams with losing records, including tonight's 9:30 contest at the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers. Meanwhile, the Rockets have 11 games remaining against teams with sub.-500 records.

The Mavericks and Rockets also have two critical head-to-head games remaining this season, Saturday at Reunion Arena and April 3 at Houston.Text

This comes from the FWST. I found interesting anyway, but not sure what to think about it. For some reason it doesn't sound to promising, let's hope that the Rockets take a stumble or two. What do you guys think?

djb
02-28-2001, 12:21 AM
I think the Rockets have a strong chance at going 15-10 the rest of the way, while the Mavs finish at 12-12. Crap that only adds up to 22..I'll have to go and examine the schedules some more!

LonestarROB
02-28-2001, 09:59 AM
I think the Rockets could go even higher DJ. They've got 25 games left, they could win 16 or 17 of those. 17-8 not out of the question.

djb
02-28-2001, 12:41 PM
Today's FW-ST says the magic number is now 20. So I guess that changes things a little bit.

scooterj5
03-03-2001, 03:46 AM
The T-Wolves have a harder schedule than us, and even if the Rockets overtake us, we are 7th.

djb
03-04-2001, 01:01 PM
I heard that the magic number is now 16 1/2. Can anyone verify?

erub
03-04-2001, 02:25 PM
I'm pretty sure you can't have a magic number that is not a whole #. It is the number of combined wins by one team and losses by the trailing team.

djb
03-04-2001, 02:37 PM
Good point. Then again, I did read it on the MavTalk board, where I found out Zhi Zhi weighed 300lbs+ i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

LonestarROB
03-04-2001, 02:39 PM
Yep, you can't have a magic number that is half a number. They(Jim and Bob) said after the game yesterday that the magic number is 18. So that's what I going with until further notice i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif .