Luka Doncic scored 33 points as the host Dallas Mavericks moved closer to clinching one of the top six spots in the Western Conference and eliminated the New Orleans Pelicans from play-in contention with a 125-107 victory Wednesday night. Doncic bounced back from a 12-point, 4-of-16 shooting performance in a loss at Memphis on Tuesday to score 17 points in the second quarter as Dallas started the period with a 26-5 run on its way to a 77-58 halftime lead.
New Orleans Pelicans (31-39, 12th in the Western Conference) vs. Golden State Warriors (37-33, eighth in the Western Conference) San Francisco; Friday, 9:30 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Golden State heads into a matchup against New Orleans as winners of four straight games. The Warriors are 23-17 in Western Conference games.
The Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers remain locked in a battle for the final two assured playoff berths in the NBA Western Conference. All three notched victories on Wednesday night, leaving the Blazers (41-29) in fifth place, the Mavericks (41-29) in sixth and the Lakers (40-30) in seventh as each team now has two games left to play in the regular season. The Blazers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over Dallas, pushing them up to fifth.