The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks played two games in Phoenix, and based on what happened in those encounters there was little reason to think they would play a third in Arizona. The top seeded Suns, winners of 64 regular-season games, looked on course for a win against the Mavericks before playing Game 3.
Now Dallas is suddenly 48 minutes away from tying that series 2-2. After two tremendous games by Luka Doncic in Phoenix, Dallas’ supporting cast strengthened as the Mavericks returned home. Their defense, set on fire on the street, allowed just 94 points on their home court. Now we’ll see if that game was a fluke or if Dallas really figured out what it needs to do to compete with the best team in the NBA. This will get you in the mood for Game 4 action.
(1) Phoenix Suns @ (4) Dallas Mavericks
- When: Sunday May 8 | 3:30 p.m. ET
- From where: American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas
- TV: ESPN | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)
- Opportunities: DEL +105; PHO-125; O/U 214.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured Game | Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns
Outsider: Luka Doncic scored 80 points in the first two games of this series. He didn’t even lead the Mavericks in scoring in Game 3. After two slow games, Jalen Brunson picked up where he left off against Utah, giving Dallas a huge 28 points. Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock contributed as strong defenders, and the Mavericks managed to beat the Suns as a team rather than as a group of roleplayers circling a superstar. That’s the balance Dallas will need to find for the rest of the way. Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie need to relieve Doncic of some of the burden of shot creation. Your defenses must protect him when he is being hunted. If Dallas wants to win this thing, it has to do it as a team.
To sunbathe: In the second round last season, Chris Paul committed just five turnovers in the entire series. That was a four-game sweep over the Denver Nuggets. In this year’s second round and Dallas, Paul was just as confident with the ball in Game 1 and only slightly worse in Game 2. Then he turned it over six times in the first half from game 3. This will not happen again. Jae Crowder isn’t leading the Suns again either. In virtually every way, Game 3 was an outlier for Phoenix. We saw Dallas defeat the bizarre Suns. Now let’s see how they handle this in a more normal game.
If you want to bet on Paul making seven turnovers again, be my guest. I’m relatively comfortable suggesting the Suns will play a much sharper game Sunday, and until Dallas proves it can stop the Suns from annoying Doncic defensively, I’ll lean Phoenix. The choice: Suns -1.5
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