Adjustment to expect in Game 4 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Clippers: 3. Pick and rolls
The Clippers allowed 0.94 points per possession to pick and roll ball handlers during the regular season, which was the highest mark in the NBA. They were 23rd at 1.18 to roll man. LA was one of the worst teams at defending the pick and roll this season.
Dallas has exploited that in the first three games. They have 25.0 possessions per game and are scoring 1.14 points per possession as the pick and roll ball handler. Luka Doncic is the main reason why. The Mavericks scored 1.40 as the roll man, but only use it 3.0 possessions per game.
LA is going to keep switching and letting Dallas pick the matchups. They are going to play smaller in hopes of being able to stay afloat when Luka Doncic is running the offense. Expect coach Tyronn Lue to bring in Ivica Zubac when the 22-year-old superstar goes to the bench as the Clippers look to dominate those minutes.
The Mavericks need to get the roll man more involved, especially when Luka is on the bench. They are running too many post-ups for Kristaps Porzingis as the offense is stagnating. Dallas needs to keep attacking in the pick and roll to make the Clippers pay for downsizing.
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