Schedule will help solidify Spurs' standing

Updated: March 2, 2004, 2:04 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
The Dallas Mavericks have won five games in a row and are still four games behind division-leader Minnesota. The Lakers have won seven of their last eight games and are only half a game away from losing home-court advantage in the first round.

Heck, the Utah Jazz have just won four games in a row, are above .500, but are still the worst team in the Midwest Division by two whole games.

Welcome to the Western Conference playoff race of March where 14 games separate 10 different teams and at least one team with a winning record will find itself in the lottery.