Mavericks Face Stiff Test Against High-Powered Suns
The Dallas Mavericks were able to clean up their series against the Utah Jazz, sealing off their victory in six games. They won multiple contests without their superstar Luka Doncic available.
This team will now be entering a far steeper challenge when they travel to play the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix got a scare when the New Orleans Pelicans tied their series at 2-2 along with Devin Booker suffering a hamstring injury.
At the end of the day, the Suns were able to get back to what they do best and end the series in six, just like Dallas.
Will the Mavericks steal home-court advantage or will the Suns send them home with a pair of losses? Let’s dive into this NBA betting preview and examine the best option for those who bet online.
Let’s check the latest NBA Picks, stats, injury reports, and NBA Odds for Mavericks vs Suns. We’ve plenty of NBA Playoffs Odds for you to consider.
Mavericks Have True X-Factor
Doncic is clearly the best player on the roster and without him, this is a completely different team. However, Dallas has another player that seems to be their true X-factor, a guy that can spin around the outcome of any game.
That is Jalen Brunson, who appears to be coming into his own. In that first-round series against Utah, Brunson stepped up big time and averaged 27.8 points a night, just 1.2 under the amount Doncic was averaging when healthy in that same series.
The Mavericks are going to struggle if nobody else steps up besides Doncic, though, as they’ll need more balance and more depth.
Luckily, Brunson is the perfect fit alongside him in the first round. They need him to carry that momentum over into the second round.
Backcourt Tandem Is Unstoppable for Suns
The Suns have made it this far due to their incredible depth, coaching, chemistry, and incredible backcourt duo. Chris Paul proved again that he still has it, shooting a perfect 14-of-14 from the field in the team’s Game 6 victory over the Pelicans.
Booker also returned to action to secure the series. If he’s healthy, this becomes a tough matchup for the Mavericks.
The Suns are still feeling the sting of falling short in the NBA Finals last year and they’re using it as motivation. If they can slow Doncic down, that might be all they really need to do to make quick work for the Mavs in Game 1.
Mavericks vs Suns Head-to-Head
The Suns were winners of all three regular-season games against the Dallas Mavericks, which bodes well for this playoff series.
Mavericks vs Suns Game Information
- Game: Mavericks (52-30) vs Suns (64-18)
- Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ
- Day/Time: Monday, 10 p.m. ET
- Mavericks vs Suns Live Stream: NBA League Pass
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Mavericks vs Suns Betting Lines
Mavericks vs Suns Prediction
The Suns are listed 5.5-point favorites in the sportsbook. The way it looks right now, Phoenix seems like the better overall team.
The Suns did have some struggles in their previous series against the Pelicans, but with Booker back in the lineup, they should be good to go. If you are looking to bet straight up with your NBA lines, then Phoenix would be an excellent pick for this game.
When looking against the spread, though, Dallas is likely going to cover by keeping this opening game incredibly close. They are playing with a lot of confidence and will likely learn from the Pelicans and what worked for them.
Pick: Dallas Mavericks +5.5 (-110)