Phoenix Suns will host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals on Sunday evening. The home side wants to defend their court and continue their title hunt. The visitors have been pretty successful in the past few games, and they hope to stun their rivals on the road.
Phoenix failed to end the series on Friday evening, but they will have another chance, and this one will be in front of their fans. They haven’t lost a home game in this series yet, and the hosts want to continue that run. On the other hand, Dallas showed they could be a very tricky opponent. They brought this series to a decider and will try to provide an upset on Sunday evening.
Phoenix Suns – Can they stay unbeatable on the home court?
The Suns cannot be happy after their latest display when they suffered a 113-86 defeat at American Airlines Center. They failed to beat the Mavs on the road in this series, but they’ve been pretty confident on the home court so far. However, Phoenix fans will be worried since their team lost three of the last four games in this series. Their latest performance wasn’t good enough after having a 39.7 field goal percentage. The Suns also made 22 turnovers, which cost them a heavy defeat. Phoenix needs to stabilize its game to secure a ticket for the Western Conference finals.
Devin Booker has been the most productive player for Phoenix in the post-season, with 24.7 points, five rebounds, and 4.7 assists. Deandre Ayton dominates the paint with 9.3 rebounds and scores 19 points per contest on average. Chris Paul tops the assists charts with 8.7 while having 18.2 pts per game, and Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson average a double-digit number of points for the Suns in the playoffs. On the other hand, Dario Saric remains the only fitness worry for Phoenix, but all other players should be available for this match.
Expected Line-Up: Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, Deandre Ayton
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Dallas Mavericks – Will they stun their rivals on the road?
The Mavericks were 2-0 down after the first pair of games, and they had a tough task of bringing this series to a tie. However, they won three of the last four encounters between these two sides and fought for a chance to advance to the conference finals. Dallas dominated Game 6 on Friday evening, and that victory boosted their confidence ahead of the trip to Phoenix. They had a very good 45.5 field goal percentage while hitting 41% of their three-pointer shots. Despite having fewer rebounds than their rivals, the Mavs made only seven turnovers in that match. They need another defensively slid performance to stay in the race for the title.
Luka Doncic leads the Mavericks’ offense in the playoffs with 31.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.9 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. Jalen Brunson has also been pretty productive with 22.8 pts per contest, while Dorian Finney-Smith averages 12.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie contributes to the Mavs’ offense with 11.8 pts, while Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber produce 10.7 pts per match. Dallas won’t have any selection issues, thanks to a clean bill of health.
Expected Line-Up: Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell
Expert Pick #1 – Dallas Mavericks +6.5 @-110
Although they lost all three games in Phoenix without being close to making an upset, I believe this match will be much tighter. The Mavericks will try to capitalize on their good momentum and surprise their rivals on the road. Dallas might cover the number here, and that’s going to be my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 205 @-110
Three of the last four encounters between these two sides stayed under the margin, and I think this one won’t be much different. Dallas should keep their defense tight and increase their chances of securing a positive result. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Jalen Brunson Over 19.5 @-130
Luka Doncic should be the leading player for the visitors, but others should provide better support. Jalen Brunson might be the one who will push the Mavs towards the conference finals by scoring 20 or more points. I’ll back this pick despite slightly lower odds than in the first two.