Suns' Record: 42-35
Next Up: The Suns visit the Hornets on Wednesday, who sit in sixth place in the Western Conference.
PHX 126, PHI 116
With just five games remaining, the Suns currently find themselves looking up at the Mavs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. After falling to the Mavs on Sunday, the Suns need a miracle to get into the playoffs.
What exactly do the Suns have to do to sneak in? The Mavs must lose all of their games for the rest of the season and the Suns must win every game on the rest of their schedule. Dallas only plays in one game against teams with sub-.500 records, while Phoenix plays in four games against teams with records below .500. The Mavs have four home games remaining, while the Suns have two.
Besides dropping a full game behind the Mavs with a loss in Dallas Sunday, the Suns also lost the tiebreaker to them should the two clubs finish the season with even records. A win in Dallas would have put a lot of pressure on the Mavs as their schedule becomes more difficult and the Suns eases up a bit. This week, Dallas squares off with Utah and then New Orleans twice. Phoenix's last set of back-to-backs is in Memphis on April 10 and in Minnesota on April 11.
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Mavs' Record: 47-31
Next Up: The Mavs host the Hornets on Friday. The Hornets currently sit in sixth place in the Western Conference.
ATL 95, DAL 87