Ahead of the NBA’s official 2021-22 schedule release, it’s reported that the Dallas Mavericks will be in the Christmas Day mix with other notable teams.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN reported that the Mavericks will take on the Utah Jazz as a Christmas Day game. The matchup is reportedly a nightcap game, and it promises to be an intriguing bout between two great ballclubs.
The Christmas nightcap, per sources: Luka Doncic’s Mavericks face Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and the Jazz in Salt Lake City. https://t.co/OG8nnC3fxd
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) August 17, 2021
As a nightcap game, the Mavericks and Jazz promise an intriguing amount of star power. There is Luka Donnčić and Donovan Mitchell; Rudy Gobert and Kristaps Porzingis. Each player matchup guarantees something entertaining to watch for everyone.
Against Utah in the 2020-21 season, Dončić averaged 28.7 points, six rebounds and seven assists in three games. Meanwhile, Porzingis averaged 14.5 points per game against the Jazz in two appearances. The Mavericks overall record against Utah during the 2020-21 season was 1-2. Nonetheless, the organization is hoping that in the 2021-22 season, that record looks a little bit different.
Last season, the Mavericks played on Christmas Day, as well. That matchup featured the Los Angeles Lakers, and it was one the Mavericks lost 138-115.
Dončić recorded 27 points, four rebounds and seven assists against LeBron James’ Lakers. However, where Dallas came up short was on the defensive side of the ball. In this year’s Christmas Day matchup, the hope is that the Mavericks’ defense is greatly improved. With the addition of Jason Kidd as the head coach and the free-agent signings of Reggie Bullock along with Sterling Brown, Dallas is clearly trending in a defense-first direction.
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