Time for Suns to Respond
The Phoenix Suns opened this playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks with two straight wins at home. With the series flipping over to Dallas, the Mavericks won the next two games to even it all up.
If this trend continues, we could end up with a seven-game barnburner and the Suns playing at home. Game 5 of a series is always a critical one to win for NBA betting purposes.
Will Phoenix play up to their full potential as the top-seeded team or will Luka Doncic and the Mavericks find a way to win again and cover the NBA odds?
Mavericks Pour on Threes
The Dallas Mavericks didn’t hold back when it came to shooting the 3-pointer in Game 4. In fact, they more than doubled the amount of made threes by the Suns.
Dallas ended the night with 20 triples on 45.5 percent shooting from the floor. This was remarkable when you consider that Doncic hit just one out of his 10 3-point attempts in the game.
Dorian Finney-Smith was the largest contributor outside of Doncic, dropping 24 points and hitting 8 of12 from distance. Overall, the Mavericks proved to be unstoppable when their long shots started to go down.
If they come out in Game 5 with the type of shooting confidence, it will be very hard to beat them.
Suns Beat Themselves
It was obvious that the Mavericks were planning on attacking Phoenix point guard Chris Paul defensively. That strategy seemed to work as he quickly fell into foul trouble.
Fast forward to the start of the fourth quarter and Paul actually fouled out of the game. He ended the night with five points, five rebounds and seven assists while playing just 23 total minutes.
Devin Booker did the best that he could with 35 points of his own but it just wasn’t enough to counteract losing Paul for most of the night. The Phoenix Suns must be far smarter defensively if they want to win this series.
Mavericks vs Suns Head-to-Head
While the Suns have won five of seven meetings this season,the Mavs do have momentum we head into Game 5.
Mavericks vs Suns Game Information
- Game: Mavericks (52-30) vs Suns (64-18)
- Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 10 p.m. ET
- Mavericks vs Suns Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Mavericks vs Suns Betting Lines
Mavericks vs Suns Prediction
The Suns enter a pivotal Game 5 as six-point favorites in the sportsbook. While they have lost the last two contests, it is hard to imagine them dropping a third straight.
The Suns were 32-9 at home this season – the best record of any team in the league.
The Suns have been so underwhelming lately that it feels like a bounce-back game is a must at this point for a team this talented. Take Phoenix and the points with your NBA picks in this one. We should see a strong rebound.