The NBA Playoffs Preview: A Rivalry Renewed between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers

Even though there are only two days left in the regular phase, almost everything is still open in the NBA. Looking ahead to the playoffs for the title, there are only two things that are certain: that the Boston Celtics will have all the playoffs with the home court factor in their favor as they are the best team in the regular phase and that the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers will meet again .

It is not yet known which of the two will finish in fourth position and therefore will be left with the track factor, but what is certain is that the paths of Texans and Angelenos will cross again in what is already a more than consolidated rivalry in the NBA.

For the third time in the last five years, the Clippers and the Mavs will face each other in a duel that the Los Angeles team has clearly dominated so far.


The first time both teams met was in the 2019-20 season bubble. The Clippers took the series 4-2 at the pace of a Kawhi Leonard superlative: 32.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game. The 31 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists that he averaged were of no use. Luka Doncic in those six games.


A season later, the two teams finished in the same positions as this season. The Los Angeles Clippers, who finished fourth, made the court factor count… in the craziest way possible. The Mavs took the first two games played in Los Angeles, but the Clippers responded in Dallas by winning the next two games in Texas. After the first exchange of blows, history repeated itself in the following games: away victory for the Mavs, away victory for the Clippers. In this strange way and with 3-3 in the series, everything was decided in game 7, which the Clippers ended up winning by a clear 126-111 despite Luka Doncic’s 46 points.


Three years later, the third round. The series between Clippers and Mavericks comes with things very clear for both teams. With Luka Doncic playing Batman and Kyrie Irving Taking on the role of Robin, the Mavs have shown that they are capable of beating any team in the NBA.

The key for the Angelenos will be the physical condition of their stars. Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, James Harden y Russell Westbrook They have missed the Clippers’ last games, some unknowns about their physical condition that will undoubtedly mark the role that the Los Angeles team may play in a tie that is as close as it is exciting.

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2024-04-11 06:51:12
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