Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks will face each other in Thursday’s action of the NBA 2021-22 playoffs. The home side managed to steal an away win, and they look forward to defending their court. The visitors will look forward to beating their rivals again and resetting the tie.
Utah capitalized on Luka Doncic’s absence to snatch a victory in Game 1, which makes them confident ahead of a pair of games in front of their crowd. However, they shouldn’t get complacent now. On the other hand, Dallas expects its best player to be back on the court, which makes them optimistic ahead of this match. They managed to level the tie on Monday and would like to build up on that performance.
Utah Jazz – Will they defend the home court?
The Jazz took advantage of the fact that Dallas missed Luka Doncic to grab an away win in the first two games. However, they failed to a 110-104 defeat in the last one despite having a lead ahead of the final quarter. Utah had a solid 46.3 field goal percentage, but seven extra turnovers neutralized their dominance in the paint. Also, their shooting percentage in the three-pointer area hasn’t been that high. Although Donovan Mitchell had an excellent evening, scoring 34 points for 41 minutes on the court, just three other players produced a double-digit number of points.
Donovan Mitchell has led the Jazz’s offense in the first two games of the series, averaging 33 points, a team-high 5.5 assists, and four rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic has contributed with 25.5 pts and five rebs in the playoffs, while Rudy Gobert dominates the paint with 17 rebounds per game in the series. Jordan Clarkson produces 15.5 pts, but no other player is close to a 10-point mark on average. Regarding the availability issues, Trent Forrest is still out of the contest, while the other players should be ready to make appearances.
Expected Line-Up: Trent Forrest, Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic, Royce O’Neale, Rudy Gobert
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Dallas Mavericks – Can they stun the opponent on the road?
Although they needed to cope without Luka Doncic and deal with a shortened rotation, the Mavericks didn’t get into real trouble in this tie. They were close to losing Game 2, but they managed to turn around the result and grab a vital 110-104 victory. That win got them back on track, and with their best player likely back on the team, the Mavs can have a solid foundation for improvement. Dallas increased its field goal percentage to a reasonable 47% while limiting the number of turnovers to just three. However, the Mavs need to be better in the paint since they had 19 rebounds less than their rivals.
Jalen Brunson shined in the latest game, scoring 41 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals. He averages 32.5 points in the series while topping the rebounds charts as well with 7.5 per contest. Spencer Dinwiddie has contributed with 19.5 pts in the post-season while having a team-high seven assists. Maxi Kleber has produced 17.5 points in the playoffs, while two other players average a double-digit number of points for the Mavs. Excellent news for Dallas is that Luka Doncic is off the injury list and should be ready to help his teammates in Game 3. On the other hand, Frank Ntilikina is still unavailable.
Expected Line-Up: Luka Doncic, Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell
Expert Pick #1 – Dallas Mavericks +7 @-110
The Jazz is a favorite in this one, but the Mavericks will have Luka Doncic back, which should increase their chances of being competitive. Utah doesn’t want to throw away another game, but Dallas should be good enough to cover the number. Therefore, I’ll take the visitors ATS as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 210 @-110
With Doncic back on the roster, this game could go over a 210 margin. Brunson and Dinwiddie should pick up where they left off, and I believe we could see an efficient match on Thursday evening. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Dallas Mavericks Over 101.5 @-120
Consequently, the Mavs can go over a 101.5 margin once again, as they managed to do that in the previous clash without Doncic. Although the odds are slightly lower than in the first two picks, I’ll take this one as the second alternative for this matchup.