Dallas Mavericks Playoff History: Series by Year

This is a timeline with all the NBA postseason series played by the Dallas Mavericks. It also includes data about how the team arrived to the Playoffs that year and the result of each series, since their first season in 1981 to the present.

In their 44 seasons in the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks made the postseason 25 times. On those years they have played a total of 46 playoff series, of which they won 22 and lost 24, for a 47.8 winning percentge.

So far, they have reached the NBA Finals 3 times and have won 1 Championship.

Dallas Mavericks Playoffs Timeline

2024 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 5th seed in the Western Conference (50-32 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 4-2 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals
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    Defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals
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    Lost to the Boston Celtics 1-4 in the NBA Finals

2023 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (38-44 season record, 11th in the Western Conference).

2022 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 4th seed in the Western Conference (52-30 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Utah Jazz 4-2 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-3 in the Western Conference Semifinals
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    Lost to the Golden State Warriors 1-4 in the Western Conference Finals

* The Warriors ended up winning the Championship.

2021 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 5th seed in the Western Conference (42-30 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 3-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2020 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 7th seed in the Western Conference (43-32 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 2-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2019 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (33-49 season record, 14th in the Western Conference).

2018 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (24-58 season record, 13th in the Western Conference).

2017 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (33-49 season record, 11th in the Western Conference).

2016 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 6th seed in the Western Conference (42-40 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 1-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2015 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 7th seed in the Western Conference (50-32 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Houston Rockets 1-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2014 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 8th seed in the Western Conference (49-33 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the San Antonio Spurs 3-4 in the Western Conference First Round

* The Spurs ended up winning the Championship.

2013 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (41-41 season record, 10th in the Western Conference).

2012 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 7th seed in the Western Conference (36-30 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 0-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2011 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 3rd seed in the Western Conference (57-25 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals
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    Defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals
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    Defeated the Miami Heat 4-2 in the NBA Finals

The Mavericks won the Championship in 2011, it was the 1st NBA title in franchise history.

2010 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 2nd seed in the Western Conference (55-27 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the San Antonio Spurs 2-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2009 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 6th seed in the Western Conference (50-32 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-1 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Lost to the Denver Nuggets 1-4 in the Western Conference Semifinals

2008 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 7th seed in the Western Conference (51-31 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the New Orleans Hornets 1-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2007 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 1st seed in the Western Conference (67-15 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Golden State Warriors 2-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2006 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 4th seed in the Western Conference (60-22 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 4-0 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Defeated the San Antonio Spurs 4-3 in the Western Conference Semifinals
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    Defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-2 in the Western Conference Finals
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    Lost to the Miami Heat 2-4 in the NBA Finals

2005 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 4th seed in the Western Conference (58-24 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Houston Rockets 4-3 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Lost to the Phoenix Suns 2-4 in the Western Conference Semifinals

2004 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 5th seed in the Western Conference (52-30 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Sacramento Kings 1-4 in the Western Conference First Round

2003 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 3rd seed in the Western Conference (60-22 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 4-3 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Defeated the Sacramento Kings 4-3 in the Western Conference Semifinals
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    Lost to the San Antonio Spurs 2-4 in the Western Conference Finals

* The Spurs ended up winning the Championship.

2002 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 4th seed in the Western Conference (57-25 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 3-0 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Lost to the Sacramento Kings 1-4 in the Western Conference Semifinals

2001 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 5th seed in the Western Conference (53-29 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Utah Jazz 3-2 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Lost to the San Antonio Spurs 1-4 in the Western Conference Semifinals

2000 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (40-42 season record, 9th in the Western Conference).

1999 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (19-31 season record, 11th in the Western Conference).

1998 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (20-62 season record, 10th in the Western Conference).

1997 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (24-58 season record, 11th in the Western Conference).

1996 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (26-56 season record, 13th in the Western Conference).

1995 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (36-46 season record, 10th in the Western Conference).

1994 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (13-69 season record, 13th in the Western Conference).

1993 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (11-71 season record, 13th in the Western Conference).

1992 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (22-60 season record, 12th in the Western Conference).

1991 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (28-54 season record, 12th in the Western Conference).

1990 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 6th seed in the Western Conference (47-35 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 0-3 in the Western Conference First Round

1989 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (38-44 season record, 9th in the Western Conference).

1988 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 3rd seed in the Western Conference (53-29 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Houston Rockets 3-1 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Defeated the Denver Nuggets 4-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals
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    Lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 3-4 in the Western Conference Finals

* The Lakers ended up winning the Championship.

1987 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 2nd seed in the Western Conference (55-27 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Seattle Supersonics 1-3 in the Western Conference First Round

1986 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 4th seed in the Western Conference (44-38 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Utah Jazz 3-1 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 2-4 in the Western Conference Semifinals

1985 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 4th seed in the Western Conference (44-38 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 1-3 in the Western Conference First Round

1984 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks qualified for the NBA Playoffs as the 4th seed in the Western Conference (43-39 season record).

Playoff Series:

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    Defeated the Seattle Supersonics 3-2 in the Western Conference First Round
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    Lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 1-4 in the Western Conference Semifinals

1983 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (38-44 season record, 8th in the Western Conference).

1982 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (28-54 season record, 10th in the Western Conference).

1981 Playoffs

The Dallas Mavericks didn't qualify for the Playoffs (15-67 season record, 12th in the Western Conference).

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