Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors 5/26/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions
Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Matchup Preview (5/26/22)
It was that type of night for Dallas in Game Four; it shot 50% from the field and 47% from deep. The Mavs took a 15-point halftime lead and nearly doubled it in just the third quarter behind an incredible effort from Luka Doncic. It certainly helped that they had five other players in double-digits, including Dorian Finney-Smith, who posted 23 points on 13 shots. The Mavericks will need to replicate this performance for a chance to win on the road against Golden State.
Meanwhile, the Warriors did not put too much emphasis on completing the sweep. Golden State has two home games in the next three matchups, assuming the series went to seven. The Warriors did exactly what they needed to do in Dallas: split games. After grabbing the first two of the series, they are in great shape to take care of business in Game Five. It will take a more inspired effort on both ends of the floor to ensure victory.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Betting Odds
I had an eerie feeling that Dallas might come away with a victory in Game Four to avoid being swept by the Warriors. Still, there is a slim possibility of Dallas stealing another game, especially considering this one is on the road. Dallas held a monstrous lead heading into the fourth quarter of Game Four but squandered most of it by the final horn. This is another time the Mavs have given back massive leads to the Dubs. Now, the spread rests at seven points in favor of the Golden State Warriors. The Dubs have covered that spread in both home games that they have played in this series, and I see that trend continuing here.
My other favorite popular is the Warriors’ team total for points at 111.5. The Warriors have eclipsed this number in both home games thus far, and I expect a fast-paced game controlled by the Dubs from beginning to end. Golden State is a terrific half-court defensive team but surely knows that its best odds lie when it pushes the pace against a team as slow as Dallas.
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How To Watch
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Arena: Chase Center – San Francisco, CA
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Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup
Dallas Mavericks Analysis
For a team that ranked sixth in defensive rating, second in opponent points per game, seventh in defensive efficiency, and fourth in opponent 3P% (three-point percentage) this season, Dallas has struggled mightily for the majority of this series against Golden State on that end of the floor. To put it into perspective, the Mavs have a defensive rating of 121.8 (higher is worse) this series, while their season rating was 109.4; that is a drastic difference. Golden State has played well on the offensive end, but this is unacceptable for a capable defensive team. Even though Luka Doncic has been electric in his past three games, averaging roughly 37 points, ten rebounds, and seven assists during that stretch, Dallas will need more from other guys. The box score will have to look like Game Four for this team to have a chance at Chase Center.
Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
Besides the injury to Gary Payton II, Golden State has gotten reasonably lucky when it comes to injuries. For reference, take a look at the Eastern Conference Finals right now; it’s like a bloodbath. Tyler Herro remains out for the Heat, while Marcus Smart and Robert Williams have missed games during the series. Max Strus, Jimmy Butler, Jayson Tatum, and others are far from being fully healthy as well. Golden State has benefited from opponent injuries (Ja Morant) and favorable matchups (Dallas Mavericks instead of No. 1 seed Phoenix Suns), but you have to stay the course and control what you can control. Nobody does that better than the Dubs. All Golden State has to do now is stay the course; it has shot a 52/39/75 team shooting split in this series. If the Warriors keep punishing Dallas on that end, they will be in the NBA Finals.