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 John McCoy/Getty Images) /

Team that could give Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic fits in playoffs: 2. Los Angeles Lakers

Luka has played seven games against the Lakers in his career. The Mavs have won just one of those matchups. Doncic averaged 21.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.6 assists against the Lakers. He has hit just 39.7 percent from the field and 29.8 percent of his 3-point tries. That gives him a true shooting percentage of 51.1.

The Lakers have used size to make life difficult in the paint. They enjoy playing Anthony Davis at the four next to Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee. It gives Los Angeles multiple rim protectors on every play. That has made Luka just 18 of 35 from around the rim versus the Lakers this season according to NBA Stats. That percentage is slightly below the league average.

No Laker guarded Doncic more this season than Avery Bradley. He spent 14.7 minutes on him. The next closest was Alex Caruso at 6.1 minutes. Bradley opted out of the restart and will not play in Orlando. That could create a problem for the Lakers if they draw the Mavericks in the playoffs. Caruso, Danny Green, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will have to step up and defend Doncic. That should be advantage Luka.

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