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Dallas Mavericks: Why no team wants to face Dallas in the playoffs

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks have won seven of their last nine games as they continue to climb the standings. They will be fighting hard over their final seven regular-season games to avoid the play-in tournament. Luka Doncic and the Mavs need the extra rest and want no partner of the one-game aspect of the play-in.

The Mavericks are currently fifth in the Western Conference, but the margins are slim. They are just 0.5 games ahead of the seventh seeded Portland Trail Blazers on the morning of May 6. Only the top six teams will advance directly to the playoffs. Seeds seven through ten are in the play-in tournament. Seven faces eight with the winner advancing as the seventh seed. The loser battles the winner of the nine versus ten game for the final playoff position. No team is looking forward to the chaos.

The rest of the league is dreading facing Dallas in the playoffs. The Mavs may not have the best record, but they are a dangerous team capable of upsetting any foe. Here is a closer look at why no team wants to face them in the postseason.

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Every team dreads seeing the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs

It starts with the Mavs performance against postseason teams this season. They are 24-14 against teams over .500 on the morning of May 5. Dallas plays to the level of their competition. They won the season series against the Clippers, Nuggets, Lakers, and Warriors. The only team in the West’s current top eight to sweep the Mavericks this season is the Phoenix Suns.

It is not just their previous wins over the best the Western Conference has to offer, though. Here are five reasons no team wants to face the Dallas Mavericks in the 2021 playoffs.

Next: No. 5

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