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NBA Power Rankings: Dallas Mavericks ‘Wheels Fell Off’ vs. Chicago Bulls, But Do Mavs Improve?

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The Dallas Mavericks are recovering from a 144-115 blowout loss Saturday against the Chicago Bulls on the road.

The loss capped off a 2-2 stretch where the team beat the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets early within the week and lost to the Milwaukee Bucks and Bulls.

In Sports Illustrated’s latest power rankings, the wins outweighed the losses because the Mavs jumped up two spots from No. 10 to eight.

“As expected, the wheels fell off for the Mavericks without Luka Dončić,” SI writes. “Dallas lost by 29 in Chicago on Saturday to drop to 0–2 without him this season. He led the team to wins against the Suns and Nuggets earlier within the week and his 33-point effort against the Bucks ended with a one-point loss in the ultimate seconds of the sport. The Mavs haven’t strayed removed from .500 this 12 months, though they’ve three consecutive games ahead at home, where they’ve fared a lot better than on the road up to now.”

Dončić’s absence from Saturday night’s game to rest has been considered for these rankings. The team is way different when he plays vs. when he sits and is solely not a contender without him.

Luckily for the Mavs, Dončić looks to return Monday when the team hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team also has games this week against the Cleveland Cavaliers (Wed. at home, Sat. on road) and Portland Trail Blazers (Fri. at home)

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