Clippers-Mavericks: the tie, in five details

The Los Angeles franchise and the Texan franchise will face each other since Monday and the best of seven games in the first round of the 2020 NBA playoffs.


This Monday (03:00) starts the first round tie between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks for the best of seven games. The Los Angeles franchise reaches the playoffs with the second best record in the Western Conference: 49-23, 68.1% wins and with five wins in the eight games played in the Orlando bubble, while the Texan closed the regular season in seventh position with a balance of 43-32 (57.3%) and only three victories in this restart of the course. It is an unpublished series with five details to take into account:

Scoring strength

Mavs and Clippers finished the season with the best offensive rating in the NBA. Dallas is the best in the league with 115.9 points per 100 possessions; the Angelenos, the second: 113.3 points, one tenth more than the Portland Trail Blazers (third) and almost two points more than the Los Angeles Lakers (111.7), the great favorite for the ring in the West along with those of Doc Rivers.

Final Ranking

The second position with which the Clippers have entered the final rounds is the highest they have achieved since they expanded to 16 teams in the 1983-84 season. For their part, the Mavericks have not reached the postseason since 2016 and have not made it to the first round since 2011, when they won the first and only ring in their history.Coaching history

Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers and his Dallas counterpart Rick Carlisle have won an NBA ring. The first with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the second with the Mavericks themselves in 2011. In addition, they are the second and third active coach with the most wins, respectively: 943 and 794. Ahead, Gregg Popovich.

Leaders of each team

Luka Doncic and Kawhi Leonard. They are both stellar players. The Slovenian closed his second season in the NBA in a sublime way as the leader in triple-doubles (17) and with 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.4 assists (third in the NBA) on average. In the eight games in the bubble, he surpassed those figures: 30 goals, 10.1 sacks and 9.7 basket passes. Leonard remains with 27.1 points in the averages he had in Toronto. He is a two-time NBA champion, two Finals MVPs and an absolutely magnificent defender as evidenced by his two awards as the best defender in the League.

Sixth Men

The Clippers face Dallas with two of the season's best sixth men. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are finalists for that award. Williams won the award last year. It was his second in a row and the third of his career. Doc Rivers boasts the highest-scoring bench in the NBA thanks to the 36.8 points that both score together on average.

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