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MAVNALYSIS: Where Do Mavs Fit In The West?

MAVNALYSIS: Where Do Mavs Fit In The West?

Chris Sheridan says the Lakers will win 70 games. NBC says everybody in the West but the Lakers and Thunder might as well plan for 2015. An assemblage of big names and the excitement of new names creates the impression that the West will be a two-team - or maybe a 2.5-team race. Where, as of August, do we think the Mavs stack up in a top-heavy conference? The breakdown in Mavnalysis:

From where we sit, the Dallas Mavericks got more dynamic this offseason. And better, too, "Plan Powder'' notwithstanding. This figures to be a superior team to the one fielded last year -- one that despite the Odom-led dysfunction and the CBA/front-office oddity of defending a title in reload mode, did, after all, finish seventh in the West. But what happened to the rest of the West? What if...

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