Mavs Look To Close Playoff Gap in Denver
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Contain Nikola Jokic
The last two meetings between these teams showcased Jokic at his finest. He scored 27 points in both matchups, exploiting the Mavs lack of inside depth and athleticism inside. His passing, his shooting, and his overall offensive effectiveness need to be limited tonight.
Unfortunately, Dirk and his cement shoes will have trouble stopping him from driving, which will force extra rotations and give other Nuggets a chance to slide to the rim and receive a pass from Jokic. I don’t expect Dirk to play huge minutes in Denver, as their arena is more physically taxing than most, so Salah and Powell will need to step up in a big way defensively to slow him down.
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