Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors 5/20/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream

Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (5/20/22)

The Dallas Mavericks (0-1) face the Golden State Warriors (1-0) in Game 2 on Friday night. Dallas was blown out 112-87 in Game 1, but there is optimism they can bounce back. According to ShotQuality, Dallas was expected to win the game 107-105. However, the Mavericks were 11/44 on open/wide open three-point attempts (4+ feet from the nearest defender). Luka Doncic was able to create optimal looks for teammates, but they just couldn’t sink their shots. Luka finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists on a 33 FG% and 30 3PT%. Jalen Brunson added 14 points and 4 assists, while Spencer Dinwiddie scored 17 off the bench. Their two wings – Bullock and Finney-Smith – combined for 17 points on 4/13 from deep. If Dallas can find their shooting groove, then they can steal Game 2 on the road. 

The Mavericks shot terribly, but the Warriors also had a bad night from deep. They were 9/28 (32.1%) on open/wide open three-point attempts, which is far below their usual standard. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole combined to go 5/17 (29.4%) from three. Golden State exceeded expectations from inside the arc though, as they went 36/53 (67.9%) on two-pointers. Andrew Wiggins played a phenomenal two-way game to the tune of 19 points on 3/8 from three while limiting Luka. Curry provided a double-double (21 points, 12 rebounds), and Poole chipped in 19 points off the bench. Draymond Green and Kevon Looney were solid; they combined for 20 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 steals. Golden State cannot get complacent and underestimate this Dallas squad. Anything can happen when the opponent has Luka Doncic, which the Phoenix Suns found out.

Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds

The spread for Game 2 is set at -6.5 Warriors, which is too much in my opinion. Dallas will regress to the mean shooting-wise and capitalize on Luka’s shot creation. I like the Mavericks to cover, but the Warriors are going to win this game. Golden State’s outside shooting should be more efficient in Game 2. The Warriors have arguably 5 of the best 6 players in this matchup, and Dallas is a much better home team than road team. It’s going to be within 5 points either way, but Golden State’s talent advantage will prevail.

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TV Schedule

Date: 5/20/22
Time: 9:00 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: Reggie Bullock
PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
C: Dwight Powell

Dallas Mavericks Analysis

Luka finished with 15 potential assists and only 4 assists. His shot creation was deadly all night, but the Warriors were bailed out by befuddling misses. Brunson, Kleber, and Bertans – three great shooters – combined to shoot 1/13 from three. While Dallas can be satisfied knowing their shooting will improve, they must also make some key adjustments in Game 2. Golden State placed Andrew Wiggins on Luka instead of Klay. Wiggins is an extraordinary athlete who can stick to Luka’s drives, so Dallas must find ways to draw Wiggins away. Hiding Luka on defense would also conserve his energy for the offensive end, which is where it is needed. Dallas cannot afford to have Doncic switch onto Curry or chase Klay around staggered screens. Luka will have to carry an enormous weight this series, so Dallas has to find ways to alleviate even minor obstacles.

Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

PG: Stephen Curry
SG: Klay Thompson
SF: Andrew Wiggins
PF: Draymond Green
C: Kevon Looney

Golden State Warriors Analysis

Golden State needs Klay Thompson to break his inconsistent shooting and return to his former glory. He is not getting to the rim like he used, as he prefers to pull up for mid-range jumpers. His three-point shooting is either excellent or a negative asset these days. When Klay is clicking, the opposing defense can only do so much considering Curry is also on the court along with Wiggins’ catch and shoot threat. The Warriors offense looks unstoppable when Klay is coming off screens and punishing teams. At times, it seems as though he is rushing the possession and taking a quick, difficult three-pointer with 16 seconds left on the shot clock. If Golden State can cut back on those attempts and seek a higher shot quality, then their offense won’t go through the stagnant stretches it occasionally deals with now. That’s not to say Klay shouldn’t try some of these, but that he should let the game come to him instead of forcing it.

I am currently a junior at University of Pennsylvania majoring in Psychology. I have spent the last few years working with various UPenn athletics teams and contributing to the UPenn Sports Analytics Group. My primary interests reside in NBA, NFL, and College Football.

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