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Dallas Mavericks: 5 most anticipated matchups of the 2021-2022 regular season

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Dallas Mavericks most anticipated matchup of 2021-2022 season: 1. Lakers

Mavs versus Lakers will be massive this season. Every time Luka Doncic and LeBron James square off, it is a big-time showdown. Dirk Nowitzki often accompanies the team to Los Angeles to take in the game. The Mavericks GOAT defeated LeBron and the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Luka has noted that King James is one of his idols, so there is always a bit of extra fire when facing him.

The Lakers added Russell Westbrook and completely revamped their team this offseason. They are the early favorites to win the Western Conference. Anthony Davis presents an impossible matchup. It will be interesting to see how Los Angeles can integrate Westbrook, and how they split the ball-handling duties.

The NBA made Luka versus LeBron a Christmas Day game in 2020, which shows fans just how massive this matchup is to the league. The two teams have different opponents this Christmas, but each head-to-head matchup will still be gigantic as Dallas looks to prove they have taken that next step and are ready for a deep playoff run.

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The Dallas Mavericks will be fun to watch this season. Luka Doncic is going to break records and put on a show every night. The addition of Jason Kidd as head coach should have Dallas playing faster and bringing the excitement. Fans will not want to miss a second of the action, and please check back to The Smoking Cuban for analysis and opinions on the Mavs.