Lakers-Mavericks: Why Haven’t They Played More In The Playoffs.

An interesting stat came to mind as the Lakers/Mavs series is set to start.  Kobe and Dirk have never played each other in the playoffs.  The table below tries to find out if this quirky stat is because they just missed playing each other in some years or because they weren’t on track to play each other.  The table assumes that the Western Conference Playoffs go chalk, or all the higher seeds win their series.  An example of how the chart works is:  If the playoffs went according to the seeding, the Lakers should have played Denver 3 times, but only played them twice.   

I think the real interesting stat is not that the Lakers and Mavs haven’t played each other in the playoffs during the Kobe-Dirk era, but that they were only expected to play once in the 9 times that they have been in the playoffs together.  No other Western Conference team had as many common playoff appearances with Lakers, with as few expected matchups with the Lakers.

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2 Responses to Lakers-Mavericks: Why Haven’t They Played More In The Playoffs.

  1. Sports Chump says:

    I too was shocked that the Mavs and Lakers hadn't faced each other in the post-season in so long.After watching Game One, maybe it's a good thing the Lakers had avoided them for so long.

  2. DRP says:

    The Lakers would gladly avoid the Mavs this year if they could. They match up very favorably with the Lakers. Winning a series like this would increase my respect for KObe. He usually has the most talented team on the floor, but not this time.

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