Dallas Mavericks must-see game: March 17th vs. LA Clippers
The Mavs will see how they stack up against one of the top contenders in the West shortly after the All-Star break. Just four games into the second slate, Dallas begins a two-game homestand against the Clippers. LA is currently second in the West and projected to finish in the top three.
Dallas has only beaten the Clippers once in the regular season since Kawhi’s return to the West. That victory came earlier in the season, but since then LA has looked dominant. Paul George appears rejuvenated following another early playoff exit. Ty Lue has the ball moving more on offense, and the chemistry is a stark contrast compared to last season. They currently rank fifth in the league in win percentage, second in offensive rating, and fourth in net rating.
With the way the Utah Jazz are playing right now, there’s a chance that the Mavericks wouldn’t have to play either of the LA teams until the Western Conference Finals. But to be truly considered contenders, Dallas has to prove that they can go toe-to-toe with any California foe. If the Mavs were to see the Clips in the postseason, Kawhi and PG13 will be coming with a vengeance after Luka and company held their own in the 2020 playoffs.
Dallas has decent depth at the wing positions, but the Clippers’ star tandem will test it more than any other team the Dallas Mavericks could face in the postseason.
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