The Dallas Mavericks are gearing up for a crucial stretch run. They have lost five of their last seven games after a 15-8 stretch that pushed them back into the playoff picture. Dallas must get back on track quickly. They need every win to move into sixth in the Western Conference and avoid the play-in tournament. To reach that goal, Luka Doncic has to catch fire and lift the Mavs the rest of the way.
No matter how they perform over the final 16 regular-season games, there will be postseason basketball in Dallas. The Mavericks are six games ahead of the Pelicans, who sit in 11th and just outside the play-in positions. No team wants to face one-game eliminations, so Luka and company will be fighting hard to move up. The play-in could feature the red hot Warriors, the tough to top Grizzlies, and the rival Spurs. Being forced to defeat one of those teams will be no cakewalk.
The Mavericks have a flaw to sort out before reaching the playoffs. Big men have dominated them this season. Dallas struggles on the glass and cannot stop bigs in the paint. It could be a massive issue too.
Dallas Mavericks could have a problem in the postseason
Nearly every West contender features a big man that has given the Mavs issues this season. They do not have to be big names either. Clippers center Ivica Zubac had a 15-point 11-rebound double-double in their win over the Mavericks on March 15. Two nights later, Zubac dropped 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and one block in a loss to Dallas. The Mavs play small and have trouble stopping big men in the paint.
Here are five that could cause the Dallas Mavericks problems in the postseason.
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