Dallas Mavericks and the Phoenix Suns will face each other in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs on Friday evening. The hosts want to bounce back and defend the home court. The away side played very well in the first two matches, and they hope to continue in the same fashion.
Dallas has a tough task in this series to recover from being 2-0 down, but they want to turn things around in front of their fans. However, Luka Doncic should have bigger support from his teammates on the offense. On the other hand, Phoenix is in a commanding position in this series, and they want to take another step toward the conference finals. Nevertheless, it’s not going to be easy for them on the away court.
Dallas Mavericks – Will they be more successful at home?
The Mavericks hope for better displays on the home court after losing the first two matches of the series. In the most recent one, they suffered a 129-109 defeat despite being two points ahead at halftime. They couldn’t prevent the Suns from scoring 40 points in the final period, which sealed their fate in Game 2. Nevertheless, Dallas had a solid 45.6 field goal percentage, followed by 41.5% of hits from the three-pointer area. However, they were inferior in the paint, logging only 25 rebounds in the game. Also, the Mavericks had more turnovers than usual, as they made 17 in the previous match.
Luka Doncic has been terrific after recovering from an injury, and he averages 33.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and one steal per game in the playoffs. Jalen Brunson has also contributed a lot to the Mavs’ offense, producing 23.6 pts, 4.8 rebs, and 3.8 assists, while Spencer Dinwiddie scores 13.9 points per contest. Dorian Finney-Smith has 12 points per match, while two other players average a double-digit number of points for Dallas. On the other hand, Dallas doesn’t have any selection issues ahead of this encounter.
Expected Line-Up: Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell
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Phoenix Suns – Can they continue their run on the road?
The Suns did a proper job on the home court, winning both matches and moving to Dallas with boosted confidence. Although they struggled a bit in the first half of Game 2, they eventually celebrated a comfortable 129-109 win, thanks to an excellent display in the final period. Phoenix was amazing in shooting, hitting 64.5% of their field goal attempts. Besides that, their three-pointer percentage was also above 50.0 (52.0). The Suns didn’t let much action to the opposition in the paint, having nine rebounds more than Dallas. The visitors would like to replicate the numbers in Game 3 as well, which might bring them closer to success.
Devin Booker leads the Suns’ offense in the playoffs with 24.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per contest. Chris Paul is the team’s top assistant with 9.9 per game while producing 22.6 pts. Deandre Ayton dominates the paint with 8.8 rebs per match while contributing to Phoenix’s offense with 19.6 points. Mikal Bridges scores 16 pts per game, while Cameron Johnson has 11.5. Regarding the selection issues, Dario Saric is the only fitness concern for the Suns ahead of this clash.
Expected Line-Up: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
Expert Pick #1 – Phoenix Suns PK @-110
This game can easily go either way, and it’s not going to be easy for the Suns to snatch a positive result. However, they had excellent shooting numbers in Game 2, and I believe they can pick up where they left off. Dallas is under pressure to win this game, but I think Phoenix will grab a 3-0 advantage. Therefore, I’ll take the away side as my first pick here.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 219.5 @-110
Although the Mavs’ defense is among the best in the NBA, I’m leaning towards the Over in this encounter. It cashed in six of the Suns’ last seven games, as well as in four of Dallas’s five as the dog. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Chris Paul Over 17.5 @-125
Chris Paul has been excellent in this series and in the post-season in general. He comes to this game after scoring 28 in the previous one, and he might continue in the same fashion. Despite slightly lower odds, I’ll take this one as the third pick.