Dallas Mavericks will host the Phoenix Suns and open Sunday’s action in the NBA playoffs. The home side defended the home court in Game 3, and they want to pick up where they left off. The visitors failed to increase their advantage in this series but will try to do that on Sunday afternoon.
Dallas didn’t let themselves go 3-0 down in this series, and they want to repeat the latest performance and return to Phoenix in a tie. The hosts look forward to producing another defensively solid display to secure a positive result in this encounter. On the other hand, Phoenix will search for improvement in Game 4. Their offense wasn’t at the expected level, and they will try to fix that in this one.
Dallas Mavericks – Can they repeat the latest success?
Although they were not close to upsetting the Suns in the first two matches, the Mavericks were pretty successful in the first game on their court. They celebrated a 103-94 victory and finally booked a win in this series. Dallas made the key difference in the opening and the third quarter, being 15 points ahead before the start of the final period. The Mavs capitalized on many of Phoenix’s turnovers, despite being inferior in the paint. Dallas was solid in shooting, hitting 44.4% of their field goal attempts. Luka Doncic was just one assist away from a triple-double, while Jalen Brunson led the Mavs to the victory with 28 points.
The Slovenian international continues to be the Mavericks’ most productive player in the post-season, averaging 32.2 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds. He is also the team’s best assistant, with 6.8 per game. Jalen Brunson is in the 20s in the post-season, producing 24.1 pts per contest, while Spencer Dinwiddie contributes to Dallas’s offense with 12.8 points. Three other players score a double-digit number of pts for the Mavs in the playoffs. The hosts can count on all players ahead of this clash since they have a clean bill of health.
Expected Line-Up: Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell
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Phoenix Suns – Will they return home with an advantage?
The Suns failed to go 3-0 ahead in this series, and they will try to bounce back on the road and book a valuable in on Sunday afternoon. They could have been much closer to success if they hadn’t had so many turnovers that cost them a win. Dallas capitalized on those to build an advantage, and the Suns’ rivals had seven steals more. On the other hand, Phoenix had a decent field goal percentage that stayed at 44.7. They also managed to convert 46.4% of their three-pointer attempts into points. The Suns were also controlling the paint, having nine rebounds more than the Mavs.
Devin Booker has led the Suns’ offense during the playoffs with 23.3 points, followed by five assists and 4.3 rebounds per match. Chris Paul tops the team’s assists charts with 9.2 and produces 21.4 pts on average. Deandre Ayton has the most rebounds for the Suns – nine – while scoring 19.2 points per game. Mikal Bridges has 15.6 points per contest, while Cameron Johnson and Jae Crowder produce 10+ pts each. Regarding the selection issues, Dario Saric is still out of the game, while Torrey Craig is doubtful for this encounter. Expected Line-Up: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
Expert Pick #1 – Dallas Mavericks +2 @-110
The Mavs are back in the series, and they are full of confidence ahead of this game. I fancy picking them in an underdog role at home, and I believe they can cover the number and possibly win. Therefore, I’ll take them as my first pick for this matchup.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 214.5 @-110
Dallas was defensively solid in the previous game, and I expect them to pick up where they left off. We should see a low-scoring game again, and these two teams shouldn’t produce more than 214 points. Give me the Under as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Jalen Brunson Over 19.5 @-110
Jalen Brunson was the most efficient player in the previous game, and his contribution helped the Mavericks to win and get a chance to level the series. I see him producing another efficient performance and helping Luka Doncic drive the team to another success. I’ll take him to finish the game in the 20s as my third pick at the same odds as the first two.