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Dallas Mavericks to face Jazz on Christmas: Why fans should be excited

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks had an important and underwhelming offseason. They failed to land a marquee free agent but did extend superstar Luka Doncic on a five-year supermax contract. The Mavs added Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown to improve their floor spacing and perimeter defense as they look to take the next step this season.

The NBA will be back before fans know it. Training camps are set to kick off on Sept. 28 with the regular season starting on Oct. 19. The schedule is beginning to leak out as the traditional Christmas Day games came first. Dallas is back in action on the holiday. Get the latest here.

Tim MacMahon reported the Mavericks are set to face the Jazz in Utah on Christmas Day. Here is a look at why fans should be excited about that matchup.

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Why fans should be excited about Dallas Mavericks vs. Jazz on Christmas Day

Luka Doncic is no stranger to shining on the biggest stages. He had 27 points against the Lakers on Christmas Day in 2020, but Los Angeles dominated the game. Doncic is eager to put on a show on the regular season’s biggest stage in 2021.

The Mavericks drew the team with the best record in the league last season. Dallas lost both games in Utah but got revenge at the American Airlines Center in Luka’s third NBA season. The Jazz will again be near the top of the Western Conference standings and present a difficult test for Dallas on the holiday. Expect the Mavs to try to get Rudy Gobert defending on the perimeter as Luka breaks down their incredible defense.

The Dallas Mavericks have played just two Christmas Day games since winning the title in 2011. Getting an annual game on the holiday means the Mavs are back. Luka is already one of the biggest stars in the league, and the 22-year-old continues to improve. Fans should be excited about the team’s present and future because the NBA certainly is all-in.

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