Dallas Mavericks: Two matchups to watch for against Spurs

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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 03: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers is found by LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of the game at Staples Center on April 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

LaMarcus Aldridge vs. DeAndre Jordan

Although I am not sure these two will be matched up against each other from the start, I think it is inevitable that they will guard each other for a big portion of this game. Aldridge is not technically listed as the Spurs center, but he has been playing a lot of center minutes this year.

Jordan, on the other hand, is nothing but a big, bad, center who takes pride in his command of the center of the court on both ends. He protects the paint at an above average rate, but he does struggle a lot having to cover guys that can step out and hit shots. Guys like LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aldridge is not quite as dominant of a player as he used to be. When he was with the Blazers, LA was considered one of the most dominant power forwards in the league with a midrange jumper to rival anyone else in the league. He has since expanded his range all the way out to the three-point line, but he has lost a step 33 years old.

If DeAndre does end up having to guard Aldridge a lot tonight, it could get ugly. That isn’t anything against Jordan, who has been exceptional so far this year, that is just the fact that Aldridge represents a very difficult style of play for DJ to matchup against.

That said, Aldridge will have his hands full with the pick-and-roll offense the Mavs run. His lack of agility at this point could be taken advantage of by Dallas if they so choose. And they should definitely choose to attack that as much as possible.

I probably give LA the slight edge in this matchup, but if the Mavs can figure out a way to use a smaller forward against LA in order to limit his effectiveness outside of the paint, it could be a great strategy for Dallas.

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