Mavericks: 5 opponents that could give Luka Doncic fits in the playoffs

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images) /

Team that could give Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic fits in playoffs: 3. Utah Jazz

No team has done better at defending Luka during his NBA career than the Jazz. In his four meetings against Utah, Doncic averages 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists with 52.7 true shooting percentage. The Mavs have won just one of the four games.

Luka only played in one of the two meetings against the Jazz this season. He had 25 points, six rebounds, and seven assists, but was shut down late as Utah won on their home floor.

The Jazz will be without Bojan Bogdanovic in the restart. That means more minutes for Joe Ingles and Royce O’Neale. They will be the two players tasked with defending Luka. That figures to be advantage Doncic. He needs to pick his spots wisely as Rudy Gobert waits in the paint to make Luka’s life difficult. The 21-year-old superstar cannot fall in his love his jumper, though.

The Mavericks could face the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. Despite Utah keeping Luka in check so far, Dallas is likely to be favored in the matchup. It would certainly be an interesting showdown in the NBA Disney playoffs.

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