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Mavericks: Predicting starting lineup, sixth man, and closers

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Predicting Dallas Mavericks closing lineup

Closing lineups are fluid on a nightly basis with matchups and the game having an impact. Coach Kidd will ride hot hands and mix things up, depending on what is going on in the game. This is the most likely lineup for the Mavericks to close games this season on an average night.

PG: Luka Doncic

SG: Tim Hardaway Jr.

SF: Reggie Bullock

PF: Dorian Finney-Smith

C: Kristaps Porzingis

Dallas has the most success spacing the floor and letting Doncic attack. This lineup maximizes their spacing and allows their two star players to be the primary pick and roll combination. It will be interesting to see how this lineup performs on both ends of the floor because it could be their top defensive unit too if KP returns to being a strong rim protector.

A lot of teams are going to play small late in games, so how will Kidd counter? Maxi Kleber and Jalen Brunson are probably the top two options to break into the closing five. Kidd may prefer Brunson if he wants more ball-handling on the floor, and Kleber’s versatility and shot-making are also intriguing in this lineup.

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The Dallas Mavericks are still in the early stages of training camp and few lineups are set in stone. Fans should be watching closely to see who is playing well and how things are changing under coach Kidd. There promises to be plenty of excitement for the Mavs this season, so stay tuned.