DALLAS -- The Los Angeles Clippers will head into their Thursday matchup against the Dallas Mavericks with utmost urgency to grab a fourth consecutive win and keep the pressure on the Utah Jazz.
The Clippers (43-29) are making a strong move for the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoff chase. Currently the Jazz hold that spot, but it could well be up for grabs when the Clippers return home for Saturday's matinee matchup against Utah.
But first, Chris Paul and company will have to get past the fading Mavs (30-40), who are coming off a blowout loss at home to the Golden State Warriors. Spurring Los Angeles' recent run of solid play that has come following a three-game losing skid has been a renewed spirit on defense.