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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 Kristaps Porzingis Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Why no team wants to face the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs: 4. Versatility

The Mavs have lineup versatility and flexibility they can use in a playoff series. Dallas needs to get healthy first. Kristaps Porzingis and Maxi Kleber have missed multiple games down the stretch. Without those two, Dallas is thin in the frontcourt.

Their best lineups feature Porzingis at the five. Coach Carlisle and the Mavericks have options to put around Luka Doncic and KP. They can go small with Dorian Finney-Smith at the four and two shooters. Dallas can put Kleber at power forward and decide on defense or shooting for the other spots. It will be interesting to see which Carlisle chooses and if he changes it up based upon the matchup.

All of that goes without mentioning the Mavericks options at the five. Dwight Powell has shown flashes of returning to his pre-injury form down the stretch. Willie Cauley-Stein brings energy and athleticism. Boban Marjanovic can dominate the paint in the right matchup. Coach Carlisle has plenty of cards to turn over in a playoff series.

No team wants to face the Dallas Mavericks because they have options and the versatility to adjust to any changes made throughout a series. The Mavs may lack the top-end talent of a title contender, but they can switch things up on teams in the postseason.

Next: No. 3

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