On Friday night, the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns will resume their best-of-seven series in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks have yet to find a way to stop the Phoenix Suns’ attack, which has scored 250 points in two games and leads the series 2-0. The crucial third game of the series will begin at 930 p.m. EST.
The Suns’ offense continued where it left off in game 1, running right through the Mavericks’ defense en route to a 129-109 victory. The Suns are up 2-0 in the series and have won four consecutive playoff games, including three straight since Devin Booker’s return. Devin Booker and Chris Paul’s starting backcourt combined for 58 points, 12 assists, and ten rebounds in another Suns rout on Wednesday night. While on the court, the two also combined with being a +40.
The Suns again controlled the boards, outrebounding the Mavs 34-25. In addition, the Suns had 28 assists as a team, while the Mavs only had 19. The Suns pounded the Dallas defense, shooting 64.5 percent from the field and 52 percent from 3-point range for a club playoff record. The game was close until Paul took over in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 of his 28 points in that crucial quarter. The last quarter saw Phoenix score 40 points.
Loss for the Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks’ supporting cast has failed to make an impression in this series. So Luka Doncic has been pitted against the Suns, putting the Mavs in a 2-0 deficit. So far in the series, Doncic has lived up to his billing, averaging 40 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game. In the two defeats, Doncic has turned the ball over an average of 6 times per game. In addition, the Suns’ defensive strategy has been to let Doncic control the ball, which has resulted in his teammates disappearing.
Jalen Brunson, who set career highs in points per game and minutes this season and scored 45 points. In a victory against Utah in the first round of the playoffs when Doncic was out, has vanished altogether. In addition, Brunson averages just 11 points per game while shooting only 32% from the field. While Doncic went 13-of-22 from the field, the Mavs shot only 40%, and only two players scored in double digits, with Reggie Bullock leading the way with 16 points.
Suns vs Mavericks predictions
Prediction: Over 219.5 (-110)
Prediction: Mavericks +1.5 (-118 at OKBET)
Series odds for the Suns vs. Mavericks
Suns vs Mavericks game info
Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Date: Friday, May 6, 2022
Tip-off: 9:30 p.m. ET
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