Dallas Mavericks will face the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs
Dallas Mavericks will face LA Clippers in the first round of the NBA Disney playoffs
The Dallas Mavericks fell to the Portland Trail Blazers on Aug. 11. The incredible 61-point performance from Damian Lillard locked the Mavs into seventh in the Western Conference. The only remaining question was which team Dallas would face in the first round of the playoffs.
Wednesday’s matchup between the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets held the keys to the answer. The Clips were 1.5 games up on Denver for second in the west. The Nuggets had to win the head-to-head matchup on Aug. 12 to have any chance of moving up.
Strong performances from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were too much for the Nuggets. It led to a 124-111 win by the Clippers. That locks Denver into third and LA into second.
Dallas Mavericks will face LA Clippers in the first round of NBA Bubble playoffs
The Mavs have not completed their eight seeding games, but they know their playoff opponent. It will be Dallas versus the Clippers in round one. It was the dreaded matchup for Mavericks fans.
LA has won all three meetings this season including one inside the bubble. They have been the best team at limiting Luka Doncic this season. Kawhi and PG13 are no strangers to going off against the Mavs. Ivica Zubac had 21 points and 15 rebounds in the bubble meeting too.
It will be the first NBA playoff experience for Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavericks two stars will be taking an important step regardless of how the series shakes out. The best-of-seven should begin early next week.
Dallas Mavericks supporters must tune in to see how their two stars play in the first postseason series. The Smoking Cuban will have plenty more on the matchup, so keep it locked right here for all the latest.