Big man that could cause Dallas Mavericks issues in postseason: 2. Anthony Davis
A healthy Anthony Davis is one of the biggest matchup nightmares in the NBA. He had not played since Feb. 14 because of an Achilles injury, but the eight-time All-Star is expected to make his return against the Mavericks as part of the two-game set between the teams that begins on Thursday. Davis will have a full month to return to form before the playoffs begin on May 22.
The Lakers blew out the Mavericks on Christmas Day in the lone meeting between the two teams this season. Davis had 28 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 30 minutes of action at the Staples Center.
The Mavs have no player that can guard a healthy AD. Kristaps Porzingis has the size, but he cannot hang with Davis on the perimeter. The Unicorn was still recovering from his offseason surgery and did not play in the first meeting between the two teams this season. Dwight Powell guarded AD most, but the Mavericks went switch-heavy against the Lakers.
Davis may top the list, but Dallas is unlikely to match up against LA. The Lakers figure to finish in fourth or fifth in the West with the Mavericks on the opposite side of the bracket. If it is the Mavs versus the Lakers in the Conference Finals, Dallas will be happy to match up against Anthony Davis.
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