The Dallas Mavericks dominated the Utah Jazz on Monday night to take a 3-2 edge in their first-round playoff series. Luka Doncic and company were in the same position against the LA Clippers last season, but lost two straight games and failed to advance. The Mavs have not played in the second round of the playoff since winning the title in 2011.
It is hard to believe with everything Doncic has accomplished since joining the Mavericks that Dallas has not won a playoff series. They faced the Clippers two years in a row in the opening round and lost two highly competitive series. Luka has been outstanding in the postseason, but his team has failed to get over the hump.
The Mavs can change that narrative with a win in Utah on Thursday night. They have been the better team throughout the series, and Game 5 only further proved their superiority. How can the Mavericks finish the series in Salt Lake City?
5 things Dallas Mavericks must do to close out the Utah Jazz in Game 6
Head coach Jason Kidd has figured out how to defeat the Jazz. He has the Mavericks playing small and creating a math edge by taking more 3-point attempts than Utah. Dallas wants to run them off the line and force the Jazz to win with twos. Kidd is going to use the same game plan in Thursday’s contest, but what adjustments will Utah make to counter?
The Jazz looked defeated in Game 5, but they will come out energized on their home floor. Here are five things the Dallas Mavericks must do to win and advance in Salt Lake City.