5 X-factors that will decide Dallas Mavericks versus Utah Jazz playoff series

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks won four straight and seven of their final eight regular-season games to finish fourth in the Western Conference. They have homecourt in the first round of the playoffs as Dallas faces the Utah Jazz. The two teams split four regular-season games with the home team winning every contest.

Mavs superstar Luka Doncic injured his calf in the team’s regular-season finale, and fans will be watching his status closely. It is a tricky injury to recover from, and drawing the noon central tipoff on Saturday afternoon did not grant Luka any additional time.

Traditionally the four versus five series can go either way, so what will decide Mavericks versus Jazz in 2022? Here is a look at five X-factors for the best of seven set.

5 X-factors that will decide Dallas Mavericks versus Utah Jazz playoff series

Both teams have experienced recent playoff woes. Dallas has made two straight first-round postseason exits, and the Jazz have not advanced beyond the second round since 2007. Both teams are hungry for playoff success, which should add some spice to the series.

Can Doncic lead the Mavericks over the Jazz for their first playoff series win since 2011? What will Dallas need to do to make that a reality?

The Jazz are struggling to close out games, and they will need to win more than a few to advance past Luka and company. Here are five things that will decide the Dallas Mavericks series against the Utah Jazz.