Pivotal Game 3 Ahead for Mavericks and Jazz
The Utah Jazz were looking like they were in a great position to go up 2-0 on the Dallas Mavericks in their first-round playoff series. They stole the first game on the road and then saw Luka Doncic get ruled out with an injury for Game 2.
Unfortunately, they weren’t expecting a 41-point masterpiece from Jalen Brunson, who saved the Mavs and helped them tie it up.
The Dallas Mavericks could potentially see Doncic return to the floor in Utah. Does that mean that those who betonline should back the Mavericks versus the NBA odds? Let’s take a closer look.
Mavericks Need Doncic
It’s no surprise that the Mavericks need Doncic in this series. Doncic averaged 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game throughout the regular season, and he led the team in each of those categories.
Reports suggest that he is working his way back as we speak and should be ready to go for Game 3. If he isn’t, then we could be seeing a heavy dose of Brunson once again.
Although, Dallas shouldn’t have much to worry about considering he just posted 41 on 15-of-25 shooting from the field. Many had left this team for dead but Brunson has given them a shot in the arm. The return of Doncic would give them more momentum.
If you’re thinking about NBA game betting make sure you check on Doncic’s status. It is possible that the Mavs hold him out for one more game and have him at full force for Game 4.
Jazz Struggle With Ball Movement at Times
When looking at the stat sheet, it’s clear why this team isn’t winning more games. there were three players that broke the 20-point mark in the contest.
Four other players who touched the floor didn’t surpass three points. The ball primarily stays in three players hands at all times, Donovan Mitchell, Jordan Clarkson and Bojan Bogdanovic.
Mitchell dropped 34 but shot 13-for-30 from the field. Not only do these guys have to share the wealth, a bit more, but Mike Conley. needs to produce.
The veteran point guard dropped zero points, four rebounds and three assists in Game 2, missing all seven of his shot attempts. Utah needs to change it up and fast.
Mavericks vs Jazz Head-to-Head
The Mavericks and the Jazz tied their regular season series 2-2. They are also tied 1-1 in this series. The dynamics are changing quickly with injuries (Doncic) and players like Conley are looking ice cold.
Mavericks vs Jazz Game Information
- Game: Mavericks (52-30) vs Jazz (49-33)
- Location: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
- Day/Time: Thursday, April 21th. 9:00 p.m. ET
- Mavericks vs JazzLive stream: NBA Game Pass
Mavericks vs Jazz Betting Lines
Mavericks vs Jazz Prediction
Utah currently stands as a six-point favorite in the sportsbook ahead of Game 3. The Jazz do have home-court advantage but are coming off of a tough loss to a Doncic-less Dallas squad.
Throw in the potential of Luka coming back onto the floor and the Jazz are in a tough position right now.
Dallas has looked like the better team for the majority of the season and these two teams seem to go back and forth when they play one another.
Dallas won’t be losing by six points if Doncic is healthy and playing in this game, so take the Mavericks as underdogs with your NBA picks.
Pick: Dallas Mavericks +6 (-110)