The Dallas Mavericks‘ playoff future is still in doubt entering the final week of the regular season.
As of May 11, the Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers are separated by only one game for the third and fourth seeds in the Western Conference. Dallas and Portland are separated from fifth and sixth by just a half a game with the Trail Blazers holding the tiebreaker. If the Los Angeles Lakers’ skid continues down the stretch, these four teams will face each other in the first round of the playoffs in some order.
Dallas and Denver is an excellent matchup from an entertainment standpoint. MVP frontrunner Nikola Jokic has been the backbone of the Nuggets’ success this year, and it would be the first time he gets the opportunity to face his friend and fellow MVP candidate Luka Doncic in the NBA playoffs.
What does a Dallas Mavericks versus Denver Nuggets matchup look like?
Not only does a Dallas versus Denver matchup entice NBA fans, but in all reality, it is the dream matchup for both teams. Jokic and Doncic are both the primary offensive creators for their squads, and both teams have needed critical games from role players to get them to where they are as the regular season closes.
Jamal Murray’s season-ending injury has West foes lining up to face the Nuggets in the playoffs, but they are still a dangerous team.
Although Jokic’s rampage of a season proves daunting for any playoff opponent, Dallas is hot just at the right time, and multiple factors could prove advantageous for the Dallas Mavericks in a series against the Nuggets. Here are the top three.
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