Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry would go head to head against each other. The two sides will meet on Sunday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The Warriors lie seventh in the Western Conference and the Mavs lie in a dire 14th position. So, when the two best point guards in the conference face off against each other, there will be a lot riding on the match as Doncic will try to deliver his team a win. And the fact that the Warriors defeated them by a huge margin of 31 points in the game played 2 days ago will spur him on even more.
The factors at play for Luka Doncic:
Touted by many sports pundits as this season’s MVP. Ahead of NBA stalwarts like Kawhi Leonard, KD, and LeBron James. Luka Doncic has a lot riding on his shoulders when it comes to his performance. He is undoubtedly one of the best backcourt players in the conference if not the league. He has been proving his supporters right so far, averaging 27.2 points per game this season and well on course for the MVP title.
However, the MVP title isn’t decided on individual performance alone, and this is where Doncic leaves something to be desired. The Mavericks lie 14th in the table, only above Minnesota Timberwolves. There is no doubt about the fact that Doncic himself is putting stellar performances. But those performances don’t seem to be ending with the Mavs winning.
Ultimately, Qualifying for the playoffs and finals play a big role in deciding who gets the coveted MVP award. In order to do that, Doncic will have to keep on putting stellar performances and try to pair well with the now fit Kristaps Porzingis. Since the Mavericks already did that last season, Doncic will be expected to take them to the Finals this time around. But at the moment, it seems very difficult.
The factors at play for Stephen Curry:
Stephen Curry doesn’t need to prove his worth to anyone. Be it captaining his side to the Finals or winning the MVP award, he has done it all. When you think of a 3-pointer, you think of Curry’s lean frame releasing the ball. That shows how much Curry has achieved at 32. Out of the iconic 2015 squad, only Draymond Green is still at the Warriors. Still, Curry has managed to average 28.2 points per game this season.
The Golden State Warriors are 7th in the Western Conference table and are on course for the playoffs. However, they would like to improve their position and leapfrog other teams. Stephen Curry will play a huge role in doing so. With one of the best ball-handler and shooters in their ranks, the Warriors are almost guaranteed to make the playoffs.
Luka Doncic and Stephen Curry are both exceptional players. However, their playing styles are very different from one another. So if anyone was to compare them, then the performance of their respective teams should be scrutinized more than their individual stats.