Dallas vs. GSW Game 1: Who could have predicted this? The Dallas Mavericks have defied expectations and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, facing the Golden State Warriors. Who will start the series?
May 19, at 9 a.m., Manila time, this game will be telecast live.
Projected Starting Five:
Look where the Mavs went because they trusted in themselves. Dallas trusted Luka Doncic to carry them after falling behind 0-2 to the Phoenix Suns in the second round. They were rewarded with a superb performance from the Slovenian and his supporting cast, which came together in time. Consider Spencer Dinwiddie, who has finally broken out of his funk with two intense games in the Suns series’ final two games.
Dinwiddie scored 45 points in Games 6 and 7 versus Phoenix, shooting 72.7 and 71.4 percent from the field. He won’t keep it up, but the fact that he restored his confidence just in time for the clash with the Warriors is what matters. Then there’s Dallas’ defense, a vital component of the team’s success.
In the previous round, the Mavericks averaged 21.2 points per game off turnovers, which bodes well for Dallas in the conference finals against Golden State, which turned the ball over 17.7 times per 100 possessions in the Western Conference semifinals. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games coming into Chase Center.
Projected Starting Five:
The GSW are no strangers to the conference finals, and their core experience will be invaluable in this upcoming series. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are experienced players with plenty of gas remaining in their tanks.
Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins, for example, are both excellent shot creators and effective floor stretchers for a GSW squad that is averaging 14.3 3-pointers per game in the playoffs, with a 36.3 3FG percentage. The Warriors are a selfless team that like passing the ball around, but they’ll have to be wary of the Mavs’ active hands.
The GSW has the most assists per game (27.2) among all teams in the playoffs. The Warriors are arguably even better on defense, as they have held their postseason opponents to only 44.3 percent field goal percentage, which is third-best in the league. The GSW, unlike the Mavs, did not have to go the distance in the second round, having played two fewer games in the playoffs so far. In their previous nine home games, the Warriors are 7-2 ATS.
Spread: The Warriors cover (-5).
Over/Under: The Under (213.5) hits.
OVER 213.5 (1.9)
UNDER 213.5 (1.9)
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