The NBA Playoffs have thrown volleys after volley. There have been times when a team has taken a lead but ended up losing the game. In the East, the Celtics made an emphatic comeback and tied the series at one-each. In this game, the Golden State Warriors will host the Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors had a brilliant start to the series as they defeated the Mavericks 112:87 as the team had a balanced effort. Can the Mavericks climb back?Bet on Golden State Warriors-Dallas Mavericks
Best bets on Warriors vs Mavericks
Handicap: Bookmakers from 22bet believe the Warriors will continue their dominance at home and have given them the odds of 1.37 to notch this game. The Warriors have won all their seven games on their home floor, almost all of them in a dominant fashion so these odds are barely a surprise. Mavs have shown the ability to crawl back in the series so this is not easy as it looks. Still, I see the Warriors sealing this one. (Handicap 1 -6.5 for 1.90)
Player Props: Bookmakers at bet365 predict odds of 1.74 for Stephen Curry going Over 3.5 Three-Pointers here(At least 4 Triples). Steph made three triples in the last game, banging home 6, 3, and 4 in the three games before that. Curry of course remains the elitist three-point shooter in the league, and the Mavericks can see him being only more assertive from here. I believe he will go “Over” here.. (Player Props: Player Threes Made: Stephen Curry Over 3.5 for 1.74)
Total: Bookmakers at 1xbet give the Total of Under 214.5 has the odds of 1.91. The last game was a low-scorer as the Warriors shut down the Mavs for just 87 points and the total was just 199. I expect the Mavs will bounce back in this game and we may see a more offensive-oriented battle this time around. That is why I see the total going “Over” here. (Total Over 214.5 for 2.03)
Where to Watch Warriors vs Mavericks
This game is available on the NBA League Pass.
Warriors: Elite defense and a treasure trove of offense
The Warriors' defense was brilliant in Game 1 as the Mavericks were held to a mere 36% from the field, going for 23% from the three-point line. Wiggins did a great job on the defensive end versus the Doncic and the Warriors held him to a 33% shooting for just 20 points, way below his Playoffs average. All the starters who played major minutes were held to below 40% shooting. On the offensive end, the Warriors have four players who scored at least 15 points and as a team, the squad shot an impressive 56%. The team also pierced out a 51-35 rebounds advantage as Steph grabbed a humungous and unprecedented 12 rebounds. This is the best thing about the Warriors, they have versatile players who know their role well on both ends of the floor. Will the Warriors show their strong two-way combination again?
Mavericks: They have shown they can bounce back
The Mavericks made a great comeback in the last series against the Suns and even after losing Game 1, we can’t say that the Mavs have been exposed. They played a team that had won six in a row at home and looks to turn on their game even further in such scenarios. Luka Doncic will of course need to score at least 25 points on an efficient streak. Reggie Bullock and Dorian Finney-Smith constantly disappear as the offensive options when the series is away from home and they will need to fix their issues. One positive is that Spencer Dinwiddie has gotten his rhythm back and scored 17 points in the game, if he has gotten it together, watch out! Now the challenge for the Mavs will be how to find more production from Finney-Smith, Kleber, and Bullock.
Warriors vs Mavericks: possible lineups
- Mavericks most likely starting five: PG: Luka Doncic | G: Jalen Brunson | SF: Reggie Bullock | PF: Dorian Finney-Smith | C: Dwight Powell;
- Key Bench Player: Maxi Kleber, Spencer Dinwiddie;
- Warriors most likely starting five: PG: Stephen Curry | SG: Klay Thompson | SF: Andrew Wiggins | PF: Draymond Green | C: Kevon Looney;
- Key Bench Players: Jordan Poole, Otto Porter Jr, Jonathan Kuminga.