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Ranking mismatches for Luka Doncic and Mavericks to hunt vs. Warriors in WCF

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The Dallas Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals behind an all-time great Game 7 performance from superstar Luka Doncic. He went for 35 points, ten rebounds, four assists, and two steals on 12 of 19 shooting from the field, including making six 3-pointers without playing one second in the fourth quarter because the Mavs had blowout the best team in the NBA.

A matchup against the Golden State Warriors awaits in the Western Conference Finals. The Dubs need no introduction. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green have won three championships together and have made five NBA Finals appearances since 2015, but Golden State is hungry after missing the postseason and dealing with injuries for the last two years.

The Warriors are an all-time great squad, but nobody can guard Luka Doncic one-on-one, especially right now. The 23-year-old superstar is having a historic playoff run as he has taken his game to another level. Dallas hunted Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton in the second round, and it was a key reason that they won the series. Who will Luka and the Mavericks target against Golden State?

Ranking mismatches for Luka Doncic and Mavericks to hunt vs. Warriors in Western Conference Finals

Luka is a nightmare matchup for any defender. He will use his size against smaller defenders by posting up and getting easy looks. Against bigger defenders, Doncic goes to his step-back or incredible handle to make them pay. The 6’7 guard can do it all, and he will be hunting matchups for various reasons through the conference finals.

Who should he target on the Warriors? Here is a ranking from the most difficult to the most likely matchup that Luka Doncic will hunt in the 2022 Western Conference Finals.