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5 adjustments for Dallas Mavericks to make in Game 5 vs. Jazz

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks survived three games without superstar Luka Doncic, and they head back to Texas with their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz tied at two games apiece. Each team is two wins away from advancing with Dallas holding the homecourt edge.

The Mavs went to Salt Lake City and dominated Game 3 before Doncic returned for Game 4. Dallas had the chance to take a 3-1 edge in the series, but the Jazz were not having it. Utah made the key adjustments on Saturday afternoon and evened things up.

Now, head coach Jason Kidd and the Mavericks will have to adjust back. Credit to Kidd and his staff as they quickly solved the Utah Jazz in this series. To win two of the first three games without their best player was impressive, and the Mavs will certainly have a few new wrinkles for Game 5. Here is a look at five adjustments they should make.

5 adjustments for the Dallas Mavericks to make in Game 5 vs. Jazz

Expect the Jazz to keep applying defensive pressure on Monday night. Bojan Bogdanovic picked up full court and guarded Doncic or Jalen Brunson whenever he was on the floor. His size and strength gave Utah a better chance on the perimeter as they avoided their typical drop coverage and were more willing to switch on pick and rolls.

With Luka back, the Mavericks will have plenty of counters to whatever Utah throws at them defensively in Game 5, but here are five adjustments Dallas needs to make if they want to win the pivotal contest on April 25.

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