Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns 5/10/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns Matchup Preview (5/10/22)
Dallas took care of business in its two home games after starting the series in a 0-2 hole. Now, the series heads back to Phoenix for a pivotal Game Five with the Mavericks holding all of the momentum. In Game Four, Luka Doncic was not particularly efficient but got plenty of help from his supporting cast. Dorian Finney-Smith finished the game with an astonishing eight three-pointers on just 12 attempts from deep. As a team, the Mavericks finished with 20 three-pointers, which was more than double the Suns’ total of 9 threes. Phoenix struggled in this matchup, and a suspect whistle, particularly against Chris Paul, did not help its cause. Paul fouled out well before the game’s final horn and finished with merely five points, five rebounds, and seven assists. The Suns have looked out of sorts in these past two games, and they need to recalibrate quickly to ensure they don’t drop three straight games, which would undoubtedly jeopardize the series. Take a further look at my analysis for Game Five below, including my prediction for the outcome and which team will likely cover the spread!
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds
This is one of the few games I think has value on the spread and the point total. Phoenix is a disciplined and experienced team that knows how to recalibrate after struggling. The Suns should bounce back in a big way, especially considering that they have been the best team at home all season long. I will take Phoenix against the spread and not look back.
I’m pretty surprised by the point total, honestly. In Games Three and Four, the point total came in under this number; however, in both games in the Footprint Center, the point total has finished substantially higher than this line. I’m expecting a slightly faster pace game with Phoenix daring the Mavs to try and keep up on the offensive end. I’ll hammer the over for Game Five.
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How To Watch
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Footprint Center – Phoenix, AZ
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Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup
Dallas Mavericks Analysis
Dorian Finney-Smith willed the Dallas Mavericks to a Game Four win to tie the series up at 2-2! DFS had an incredibly efficient night from deep, shooting 8-for-12 and leading Dallas in its quest to hit 20 three-pointers. When the Mavs get solid offensive production from players not named Luka Doncic, they are tough to beat, especially at home. This idea was on full display when five players outside of Doncic scored in double-digits. Doncic played well, scoring 26 points, dishing out 11 assists, and securing seven rebounds; however, Doncic was far from efficient. He had to take 25 shots to get to that number, and Doncic will need to be more efficient for the Mavs to stand a chance on the road.
Phoenix Suns Starting Lineup
Phoenix Suns Analysis
After an impressive stretch of playoff games shooting 50% or better from the field, the Phoenix Suns were finally held at bay in Game Three. Unfortunately, Game Four was much of the same for the Suns as they finished shooting less than 45% from the field. A massive performance from Devin Booker (35 points on 10-for-22 from the field) kept the Suns close to Dallas for most of the game, but it was not enough. The main issues for Phoenix were suspect calls on Chris Paul and three-point defense. Phoenix can’t control the refereeing; however, it can play better defense on the perimeter. It allowed Dorian Finney-Smith to have a career night from deep, hitting eight 3s. The Suns have to defend the perimeter better; this should be a straightforward game if they can do that.