Dallas Mavericks biggest threat in Western Conference: 3. Jazz
The Utah Jazz finished with the best record in the NBA last season behind an incredible 31 wins in 36 home games. They will be one of the best defensive teams again with three-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert anchoring their unit.
The Jazz have plenty of firepower and depth as Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Jordan Clarkson should all score north of 16 points per game. Utah keeps finding ways to improve its roster led by summer additions of Rudy Gay, Eric Paschall, and Hassan Whiteside. They can now play small with Gay at the five or beef things up as they attempt to make a deep playoff run.
The Mavericks and Jazz face off in the Christmas Day nightcap. It will be an exciting battle between the two teams but carries extra importance for Dallas as they look to prove they can topple the West’s elite.
Utah has arguably had the most success at slowing down Luka Doncic in his NBA career thus far. The Dallas Mavericks superstar averages his lowest assists and seven-fewest points against the Jazz. Expect the 22-year-old to be looking to change that narrative this season.