Power Rankings: Mavs back in familiar territory

Updated: April 7, 2008, 2:27 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com


Elation in Atlanta. Relief in Dallas. New life in Oakland. Utter despair in Denver.

With no change to the Boston/New Orleans/Detroit top three in ESPN.com's weekly NBA Power Rankings, our focus shifts to the biggest jumps and steepest falls in the season's second-to-last batch of rankings.

The Hawks have climbed to No. 14 as a reward for moving to the brink of their first playoff berth since 1999. The Mavericks have reclaimed their usual spot in the top 10 after halting a string of narrow losses to good teams with a huge comeback win at Phoenix. The Nuggets, meanwhile, have cratered to No. 13 with their potentially fatal back-to-back losses to a Sacramento team that didn't dress Ron Artest and Brad Miller and on the road to a young Seattle team that probably won't win 20 games … losses that suddenly give Golden State real hope of finishing eighth in the West in spite of its own 1-3 disappointment last week.

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Tune in to "NBA Fastbreak" on ESPN to see this week's Army Power Rankings.

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