Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors 1/25/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (1/25/22)

Two of the NBA’s top defenses will face off in this matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors. Golden State is fresh off a huge home win against Utah, where it barely escaped after two different game-winners did not fall for the Jazz. Hopefully, the Warriors will use this momentum to propel themselves back to the top of the Western Conference. However, it may be difficult as Draymond Green is still not back, and Klay Thompson may also be scratched from the lineup due to knee soreness.

Meanwhile, Dallas has played its best basketball since the early 2010s. Luka has been nothing short of spectacular during the Mavs’ 11-2 run, averaging just shy of a triple-double. The key to this game will be 50-50 balls and offensive rebounding. It is bound to be a close one the whole way, but whichever team can protect the ball and allow themselves more opportunities through offensive rebounds and securing loose balls should be the winner.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds

There is a fascinating thing that is happening in Dallas: a shift in its culture. The Mavericks have become an incredible defensive squad and finally have an identity they can rely on when times are tough. Their success is attributed to a few different things, including their defensive prowess, Luka’s incredible offensive play, and role players stepping up in a significant way. If Klay does not play in this game, I love Dallas ATS. The Mavs are a solid team on the road against the spread, and Golden State is in a severe slump. If you can find the Mavs getting four or five points somewhere, then I would pull the trigger.

 

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TV Schedule

Date: 1/25/22
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
Channel: TNT

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Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup

PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Jalen Brunson
SF: Dorian Finney-Smith
PF: Kristaps Porzingis
C: Dwight Powell

Dallas Mavericks Analysis

The Dallas Mavericks are one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now, and they don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. While they still have their fair share of issues, their defense has masked them tremendously. In the past 13 games, the Mavericks have gone 11-2, with one of the losses coming to the NBA’s best team, the Phoenix Suns. Dallas has also held its opponents to less than 50% from the field in 23 straight games. Since the Mavs started their hot streak, they have ranked in the top five in every major defensive statistical category. Now, Dallas has to focus on building its chemistry while hopefully staying healthy.

Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PG: Steph Curry
SG: Jordan Poole
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Otto Porter Jr.
C: Kevon Looney

Golden State Warriors Analysis

Golden State has struggled without Draymond Green in the lineup. The Warriors have gone 4-4 in their past eight games, dropping games to the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Minnesota Timberwolves. All of their offensive and defensive statistics are way down, as well. Green’s impact goes far beyond the stat sheet: his leadership, effort, and high basketball IQ impact the game on much deeper levels. For this matchup against the Mavs, Golden State may also be without Klay Thompson, who is listed as questionable due to knee soreness. If Thompson cannot play, it will be hard for the Warriors to hold off the surging Mavs, even at home.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Daily Fantasy Picks

In DFS, you may want to avoid Steph Curry for a while. In just this season, Steph has had some of the worst shooting nights in his career. Curry still puts up plenty of points, rebounds, and assists, but for his salary, it hardly seems worth it right now. Additionally, the scoring output for the Warriors has become reasonably distributed, so you have to hope you catch somebody on a hot night. A player I have mentioned in a previous matchup preview as a candidate for statistical increases was Otto Porter Jr. Porter has been playing well lately and getting more minutes with Draymond Green sidelined for at least a bit longer. Porter has averaged 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while playing roughly 22 minutes per game this season. In his past four games, three of which were starts, Porter has 10.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists on 57% from the field and 44% from behind the arc. While these stats are just from a small sample size, it shows that as Porter gets increased minutes, he has produced.

Additionally, Porter had a 20-point game on New Year’s Day and 19 points on Christmas. The Warriors need to get Porter more involved as he has been shooting the lights out and playing at a high level for several games now. I can see him being a breakout player in this game, especially if Klay is unable to go.

I don’t know if it is a lack of cardio in the off-season or a matter of finding a groove and chemistry with the rest of his teammates, but Luka has tended to play much better in the middle and towards the end of seasons. His start to this season was underwhelming, but recently, he has been on an absolute tear, putting up insane numbers on a nightly basis. Luka has been just a hair shy of a triple-double average in his past 11 games, averaging 25.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 9.2 assists. It is no mystery that the Mavs have been on fire recently, and a significant portion of that is due to Doncic’s solid and efficient play. His salary will always be expensive, and there’s no avoiding that; however, on some nights, it will be worth it. You just have to find which nights those will be.

Drew is a lead NBA writer at Lineups.com where he has been covering in-season basketball coverage to the NBA Draft. He is a former collegiate player who now spends time diving into NBA prospects and evaluating the analytics of the NBA.

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