How Avery Bradley opting out impacts the Dallas Mavericks in NBA Disney

Dallas Mavericks Avery Bradley (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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How Avery Bradley opting out impacts Dallas Mavericks: Defending Luka

The Mavericks and Lakers faced off four times before the NBA’s suspension. Dallas won once and had a victory snatched away on a missed foul committed by Dwight Howard in another. The Mavs proved they can defeat the Lakers in any matchup.

Los Angeles has a new challenge if the two teams meet up in Orlando. There was no player Avery Brady guarded more this season than Luka Doncic, according to NBA Stats. In three games, he matched up on Luka for 14 minutes and 40 seconds. Bradley held Doncic to six of 18 from the field and forced five turnovers. That is outstanding against a superstar.

Also, Bradley missed the Mavericks win over the Lakers. Dallas dominated that game en route to a 14-point victory behind 27 points, nine rebounds, and ten assists from Luka.

The Lakers will turn to Danny Green or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to defend Doncic. The Mavericks star was four of nine against Green and three of seven versus KCP. Alex Caruso is the dark horse. He held Luka to one of seven in the limited sample. The Lakers may use all three and hope to keep changing it up on Luka.

The chances of a Mavericks victory over the Lakers improve without Bradley. The two teams are unlikely to meet during the seeding games. Los Angeles is hoping to avoid a matchup with the Mavericks in the playoffs. They know Dallas has the talent to pull the upset especially with Avery Bradley out.

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