Dallas Mavericks most anticipated matchup of 2021-2022 season: 3. Clippers
Mavs fans do not need me to tell them why a matchup against the Clippers will have the intensity ratcheted up this year. The two teams have met in the first round of the playoffs two straight years with Kawhi Leonard and LA getting the last laugh both times. Dallas would like nothing more than getting a bit of revenge this regular season.
Leonard tore his ACL in the playoffs and is set to miss a significant portion of the season. The Clippers finished fourth in the Western Conference last year, but are not lock to make the playoffs without their best player. Paul George will be looking to carry LA, but that will be no easy task in the difficult West.
The Mavericks do not want to match up against the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs again. They will be looking to dominate the regular season showdowns to ensure LA is nowhere near them in the standings.
Luka Doncic averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds in the first-round playoff series. Who is going to slow him down without Kawhi on the floor? Expect the regular season battles to be heated this season with the Mavericks superstar playing his best to ensure they dominate the series.