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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Team that could give Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic fits in playoffs: 1. LA Clippers

Doncic has strong career splits against the Clippers. It is only a five-game sample that carries less weight when considering the makeover LA went through last offseason. They added two superstars in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Both of which are outstanding perimeter defenders.

Looking at just the two games this season, Luka averages 29.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.5 assists. That comes on 40.0 percent shooting from the field and 15.0 percent on his 3-point attempts.

The Clippers are one of the NBA’s best defensive teams, especially when Kawhi and George play together. They love to throw double teams at Doncic or plays like this.

The moment Doncic gets past Patrick Beverley both Ivica Zubac and Leonard are there to help. The Clippers are going to try to force the ball out of Luka’s hands. It worked as LA won both meetings so far this season.

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The Clippers present the toughest matchup for Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. It is why moving up is so important. The Mavs do not want to face LA in the first round. The Clips are the team that gives Luka the most trouble. Stay tuned to see if that is still the case in the playoffs.