Game 3. Series Score 0:2.
Stadium: American Airlines Center (Dallas).
Game 3 against Phoenix will be nearly the last chance for Dallas to keep the series intrigue alive. Can the Mavericks beat the Suns for the first time in two and a half years?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
The Mavericks made the playoffs for the third year, but in two seasons the club has failed to build an optimal roster. Tim Hardaway, Jr. is currently sidelined having a poor regular season, but his shooting skill from beyond the arc could come in handy. Nevertheless, Dallas is in 3rd place this postseason in three-point percentage. Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber have been major contributors. Luka Doncic is hitting 39.2 percent of his threes and averaging 33.4 points, but that hasn't been enough in the series with Phoenix.
Last night's loss was particularly devastating: 109-129 in favor of the Suns. Jalen Brunson again wasn't very confident and even his 41.5% shooting from beyond the arc couldn't help the situation. Doncic had another outstanding game, with 35 points and 7 assists.
The Suns have won their last 4 playoff games and the path to their 2nd NBA Finals does not look that tough. Phoenix did well without Devin Booker in Round 1. Since his return, one of the team's leaders has needed time to regain his form. Aside from Booker, Paul and Ayton, the Suns have players capable of helping on offense like Jae Crowder, Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges who are also known. Only Dario Saric is on injured reserve, and the club has somehow gotten used to his absence.
Monty Williams's squad is in its 8th playoff game shooting over 50% from the field. Chris Paul again had an incredible performance, he realized 11 of 16 shots from the field and added 8 assists to his 28 points. Booker finally stepped up with 30 points and Jae Crowder was notable among role players with 3 3-pointers.
- Dallas has 8 wins in 10 home matches.
- Phoenix won 6 of last 10 road games.
- Phoenix finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the NBA Defensive Rating, with Dallas at No. 6.
Expert Betting Tips
The Mavericks played good defensively in Game 2 but Phoenix still made tough shots. Dallas held up well in the paint, although they had big problems in Game 1. The streak of 8 consecutive games with 50% from the game from the current guests is impressive, but it will be more difficult on the road. Dallas feels more confident at home, and Jason Kidd's wards were one of the best defensive teams in the regular season. If Doncic keeps up his level of play and Brunson picks up where he left off, the home team could be poised for a win.
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