Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks live to fight another game, but can they do it again this Friday with a road game against these mighty Golden State Warriors?
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Away: Dallas Mavericks (1-3/0-2 Away)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Luka Doncic
- SG: Jalen Brunson
- SF: Reggie Bullock
- PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
- C: Dwight Powell
Great things happen when you knock down a bunch of threes and for the Mavs, that great thing was a 119-109 win in Game 4 at home. That means whatever happens the rest of the way in this series, there won’t be a sweep. The Mavs hit 20 threes on 43 attempts from deep for a 46.5 3FG%. That’s the most 3-pointers they’ve drilled in a game in this series, and while it’s not easy to sustain, that gives them even more reason to heat check early on in Game 5.
After a vomit-inducing performance in Game 3, Reggie Bullock got back to filling in his role on the team nicely, going 6/10 from behind the arc for 18 points, while Maxi Kleber, who also mightily struggled in the previous game, went 2/3 on his threes. It can’t be just Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson who are clicking for the Mavs, but Game 4 also showed that Doncic taking on a bigger off-the-ball role could throw off Golden State’s defense. How the Mavs will have that kind of balance in Game 5 will be more than intriguing to see. The Mavs head to Chase Center with a 5-5 ATS record in their last 10 road games.
Home: Golden State Warriors (3-1/2-0 Home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Stephen Curry
- SG: Klay Thompson
- SF: Andrew Wiggins
- PF: Draymond Green
- C: Kevon Looney
The Warriors have history on their side. No NBA team ever has successfully won a series after trailing 0-3. Golden State has also gone undefeated in its last 10 games at Chase Center. The Warriors even covered the spread easily in both games at home versus Dallas in the series thus far. Although they lost Game 4, the Warriors can take heart from the fact that they were only down by 10 points at the end of the contest even though the Mavs had 30 more points off 3-point makes.
That gives the Warriors some optimism heading to Game 5. So far in the series, the Warriors are averaging 114.0 points on 52 FG%. Golden State was still decent on offense as a team, shooting 48.8 FG% in Game 4, while also outscoring Dallas in the paint, 44-36. While they lost the rebounding battle in Game 4, it’s been the only time through four games that Golden State got outrebounded. The Warriors are leading the series in rebounds with 45.8 per contest to just 35.8 by Dallas.
Spread: The Warriors cover (-7.0).
Over/Under: Taking the Under (215.5).