Dallas Mavericks: 5 reasons why they can win it all in Orlando
Why Dallas Mavericks can win it all: 2. Offense
There is a strong correlation between playoff success and offensive rating. Since 2014, every team that has made it to the NBA Finals was in the top five in offensive rating during the regular season. The team with the top mark has made the finals four times in the last ten years including winning two championships.
The Mavericks have the best offensive rating this season by a wide margin. They sit at 115.8 which is 2.4 points ahead of the second-place Rockets. The Clippers, Lakers, and Celtics round out the top five. That means four of the top five are in the Western Conference.
Dallas does not just have the top offensive rating this season, though. Their mark is the best one in NBA history. Of the top five all-time, three have won championships with the fourth being the 2019 Warriors. Remember, Golden State was a massive favorite last season before Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson went down with injuries.
The Mavs led by Luka Doncic are difficult to stop. They were just settling in too. The chemistry between the two stars was still improving. The Mavericks have a cast of role players that help Luka and Kristaps Porzingis thrive. Their offense could be difference-making in Orlando.
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