The Dallas Mavericks have made the playoffs in back-to-back years but were knocked out in the first round both times by the LA Clippers. Superstar Luka Doncic averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds in 40.1 minutes per game last postseason, but it was still not enough as Kawhi Leonard was unbelievable in the series and knocked out the Mavs in seven games.
Dallas is on pace to be back in the playoffs, and Doncic is hungry for his first NBA postseason series win. The Mavericks are fighting for a place in the top four in the Western Conference down the stretch, but they will need to continue their hot streak to make it a reality.
The Dallas Mavericks have not won a playoff series since winning the championship in 2011. They have lost six straight first-round series over the last decade, but the streak will end this season, and here is a look at why the Mavs are poised to snap it.
Why the Dallas Mavericks will win their first playoff series since 2011
There are a lot of things different about the Mavs this season. Jason Kidd replaced Rick Carlisle as head coach, but they have a similar roster to last season. Kristaps Porzingis was traded to Washington at the deadline for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, and fans could argue the Mavericks have less talent in 2022, but they make up for it in other areas.
Here are five reasons why the Dallas Mavericks are going to win their first playoff series since 2011 this year.