The Dallas Mavericks were 17-18 as the calendar flipped to 2022 and facing a potential disappointing first season under head coach Jason Kidd before superstar Luka Doncic returned from a ten-game absence and went on a tear. He has lifted his team to a 32-12 mark since Jan. 1 that puts Dallas tied for the fifth-best record in the league this season. The Mavs have proved they can defeat any team as they are playing their best basketball down the stretch.
With one week left in the regular season, Dallas is primed to have homecourt in the first round of the playoffs. They are one game behind the Golden State Warriors for third in the Western Conference, and the Mavericks hold the tiebreaker. They are planning on winning their final three games, but Dallas will need a Warriors loss to jump up to third.
The Mavs are looking to win their first postseason series since 2011, but it is never easy in the loaded West. Here is a look at five positives that need to carryover for Dallas to be successful in the playoffs.
5 positives the Dallas Mavericks need to carry into the playoffs
Coach Kidd has sparked their turnaround this season with improved defense. They have gone from middle of the pack under former head coach Rick Carlisle to the seventh-best in the league. Dallas has slipped a bit lately, and they need to get their defense back on track if they plan on making a deep postseason charge.
The Dallas Mavericks need to build on their strengths too. Here are five positives the team must carry over into the playoffs if they want to win their first series since bringing the title back to Dallas in 2011.