Somehow, someway, the Dallas Mavericks are very much alive for the postseason with just nine games remaining in the regular season.
After their dramatic win over the Bulls on March 30th, the Mavs have just April remaining on their regular-season calendar.
If the Mavericks are going to surpass the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz for the West's final playoff spot, they will need to have success in April like they had in March, a month in which they went 10-5.
Although the Mavericks have just nine games scheduled in the month of April, every matchup will be key for them if they want to keep the franchise's streak of 12 consecutive playoff appearances going strong. Here are the five most important of those matchups.