Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks will face each other in the Western Conference Finals Game 2 on Friday evening. The home side eyes another success and a 2-0 lead before moving to Dallas. The visitors look forward to bouncing back after a defeat two days ago and surprising the rival on the road.
Golden State had a confident start in the tie, and they want to pick up where they left off. The hosts will try to produce another good performance that should bring them a solid lead at the beginning of the series. On the other hand, Dallas seeks improvement after Game 1, and they want to be more competitive in this game. The away side hopes they can secure a positive result in this encounter.
Golden State Warriors – Will they produce another confident display?
The Warriors continued with good displays in the post-season, and they booked the sixth victory in the last eight matches. This one brought them a 1-0 lead in the conference finals series, and the hosts want to repeat the same on Friday evening. Golden State celebrated a 112-87 win on Wednesday, and they controlled the game from the very start. The Warriors were ten points up after the first quarter, and they kept increasing their advantage in the second half. Once again, the hosts had an excellent 56.1 field goal percentage, while they dominated the paint with 16 rebounds more than their rivals.
Stephen Curry has been the leading player for the Warriors in the playoffs, with 26.4 points, 5.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per match. Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole have produced 19+ pts per game on average, while Draymond Green tops the rebounds and assists charts with 7.3 and 6.3, respectively. Andrew Wiggins has contributed to Golden State’s offense with 14.9 points in the post-season. Regarding the availability issues, James Wiseman, Andre Iguodala, and Gary Payton II remain sidelined for the Warriors.
Expected Line-Up: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga, Draymond Green
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Dallas Mavericks – Can they improve their game?
After eliminating the Suns, the Mavericks didn’t have enough strength to cope with Golden State in Game 1. As a result, they suffered a 112-87 defeat without having a chance to endanger their rivals. Dallas scored only 18 points in the first quarter, and it was a game to forget for the visitors. Luka Doncic was the only player in the 20s, and the team had a poor 36.0 field goal percentage. Their shooting from the three-pointer area was pretty bad, as Dallas scored only 22.9% of their attempts. The visitors need to improve their numbers and be more physical in the paint to increase their chances for a positive result in Game 2.
Luka Doncic produces 30.5 points in the playoffs and tops other charts with 9.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 1.8 steals per contest. Jalen Brunson averages 22.3 pts, while Spencer Dinwiddie scores 13.5 points. Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock are another two players that contribute to Dallas’s offense with a double-digit number of points in the post-season. Also, the Mavs’ injury list remains empty, and all players should be ready to make appearances in this clash.
Expected Line-Up: Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell
Expert Pick #1 – Golden State Warriors -6 @-110
They might not have such an easy job as in the series opener, but I still think the Warriors can win and cover the number again. Golden State has been excellent in the playoffs, and they should keep playing well on the home court. I’ll back them as my first pick for this matchup.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 214 @-110
Dallas has one of the most disciplined defenses in the league, but their shooting was very poor in Game 1. I anticipate another low-scoring game that should stay under a 214 margin. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Dallas Mavericks Under 104.5 @-120
Golden State managed to neutralize Luka Doncic very well in the previous match, and they will continue throwing bodies on the Mavs’ most productive players. Therefore, I don’t see the visitors scoring more than 104 points. That’s going to be my third pick at slightly lower odds than the first two.