Mavericks: Nuggets knot series despite 28 from Kristaps Porzingis in sim
The Dallas Mavericks dropped game four to the Denver Nuggets to even the series in the Strat-O-Matic simulation. Find out more here.
Dallas Mavericks supporters are missing playoff basketball right now. The regular season would have wrapped up, and we would be entering the thick of the first round in a normal time. The Mavs were a lock to qualify for the postseason when play was suspended on March 11.
Strat-O-Matic decided to take matters into their own hands. They simulated out the rest of the regular season and are now embarking on the playoffs.
The Dallas Mavericks finished seventh in the Western Conference. They are taking on the Denver Nuggets in the simulation. The Nuggets grabbed the first game before Dallas took two straight including one in Denver. The Mavericks had the advantage heading into game four which took place on Saturday. Let us take a look.
Rough second half sinks Mavs
The Mavericks started off hot. They had 30 first quarter points and held a seven-point lead. It slowly evaporated, though. The Nuggets went to win 117-107 in Dallas to even the series.
For the second straight game, Kristaps Porzingis was the Mavs leading scorer. He finished with 28 points, seven rebounds, and six blocks in 40 minutes of action. Luka Doncic had 21 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in game four.
The problem for the Mavericks was they did not get consistent production from anyone else. Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber were the only other Mavs to score in double figures for Dallas. The Mavericks need someone else to step up and be that third scorer if they are going to advance to round two.
That could be a problem for the real-life Mavericks. Will Tim Hardaway Jr. or Seth Curry be able to consistently score 15 points a game in a playoff series? It is something to watch in the NBA resumes later this summer.
Game five takes place on Tuesday in Denver. It will be a pivotal contest. The Smoking Cuban will be back with updates following the game plus more on the Dallas Mavericks, so supporters should keep it locked right here.