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NBA Basketball Odds: Utah vs. Dallas

The Mavericks host the Jazz tonight in Utah. (AP Images)"]

The Dallas Mavericks look to clinch the last available playoff spot in the West tonight when they host the Utah Jazz in a matchup of teams hoping to finish the regular season strong.

Dallas has a good chance of making a move in the standings with its next three games against Utah and New Orleans. After hosting the Jazz, the Mavericks play a home-and-home series against the Hornets over the weekend.

The Mavericks won their first home game against the Jazz 115-108 on Jan. 17 behind 39 points and 16-for-20 shooting from Dirk Nowitzki. It was Utah's 10th loss in its last 11 games in Dallas.                        

The Jazz have beaten the Mavericks twice in Salt Lake City, including a 115-87 rout in the teams' last meeting Feb. 5.

Even though both teams are in the playoffs already, avoiding the eighth seed is key since that means avoiding the L.A. Lakers in the opening round.

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