How can the Dallas Mavericks use their advantages to beat Denver?
If Denver and Dallas meet in the playoffs, it shapes up to be one of the most exciting first-round matchups in the entire league.
Dallas has advantages, and Denver has the MVP. It boils down to not much more than that. The Mavericks, if they can stay healthy, can exploit Denver’s injury woes. Murray will not play, and Aaron Gordon is still fresh off a stint of absence dealing with a calf injury.
The Mavs will throw the kitchen sink at Jokic and cut their losses. It just might work if Doncic’s versatility on offense can be creative enough for the role players to continue riding their hot hands.
The Nuggets need guys like Tim Hardaway Jr. to cool down. Many of the Mavericks’ criticisms this year have come at the hand of Doncic not having stable and reliable help to win consistently. They have a losing record to teams under .500, but Luka is one of the few players in the league so talented that he creates better opportunities for everyone around him.
If Dallas is going to use these key points to defeat the Nuggets in a series, it will come down to how the role players perform around Doncic.
The Dallas Mavericks have two wins and one loss against Denver this season. Luka Doncic averaged 31.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 13.7 assists per game over the season series. Nikola Jokic countered with of 28.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. Who will win in the playoffs? Stay tuned to find out.