Dallas Mavericks vs Utah Jazz 4/28/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz Matchup Preview (4/28/22)

Game Five left absolutely no doubt about which team is in a better place in this series. Despite being without Luka Doncic for the first three games, the Dallas Mavericks have accumulated a 3-2 series lead and convincingly got their most recent win. Their recent home win was a masterclass on controlling the pace, forcing tough shots, and playing all-around spectacular defense. Utah merely scored 77 points, which is insanely low compared to what it averaged on the season (112.8.) Utah is in disarray, and the hamstring injury that Donovan Mitchell sustained in Game Five only further pushes the Jazz off their ideal trajectory, even though he has stated that he’s “good to go” for Game Six. Still, it is highly unlikely for either team to shoot as poorly as they did in Game Five. Utah merely hit three 3s on 30 attempts, which is unheard of in the NBA! For more game-specific information and my betting picks, look below at the betting odds section!

Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds

Now that Luka Doncic is healthy and playing at a high level, I will be favoring the Dallas Mavericks against the spread. Utah is simply falling apart, and it cannot be relied upon to get this series to a Game Seven. Additionally, Donovan Mitchell just suffered a hamstring injury, and although he’s playing, we aren’t sure what percentage he will be playing at in this game. Dallas is a terrible matchup for the Jazz, and it shows. I will take the Mavs against the spread and won’t look back.

The past two games have been well below where the point total is at right now, but I think I will be a contrarian and take the over. It will be a tight game, but both teams will shoot substantially better. There is virtually no chance that the Jazz and Mavericks have another combined 15-for-73 shooting night from deep; that would be outrageous. In my opinion, the point total is at a value, so I will take the over.

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How To Watch

Date: 4/28/22
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: Vivint Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
Channel: TNT/NBA TV

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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

At the beginning of the season, I was highly critical of the Mavericks’ roster construction; I will take responsibility for that. They have found a strange blend of players who have worked incredibly well together and has allowed this squad to be a top-three defense in the NBA. It may not be shocking to some to see Dallas out to a 3-2 lead in this series due to the Utah Jazz’s chaos right now; however, the Mavs were without Luka Doncic for the first three games. Doncic is the heart and soul of this Mavs team, and the offense completely and entirely revolves around him, so it is impressive that they were able to hang around and grab two wins in three games without him! In the past two games, Doncic has hardly skipped a beat, averaging 31.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. If you are the Phoenix Suns, this Mavs team is not who you want to see in the second round.

Utah Jazz Starting Lineup

PG: Mike Conley Jr.
SG: Donovan Mitchell.
SF: Royce O’Neale
PF: Bojan Bogdanovic
C: Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz Analysis

All eyes are on Donovan Mitchell, who just suffered a hamstring injury and has decided to continue playing anyway. Before Game Five, when he suffered the injury, Mitchell had averaged an impressive 30.3 points, six assists, and four rebounds; however, as has been the case for a large portion of his career, it took a lot of shooting to get there. Mitchell has shot less than 40% from the field and merely 23.5% from deep in those games, which can be frustrating to other players on the team. If they see Mitchell continuously chucking instead of moving the ball around, that can hurt the team morale. Perhaps, it does not, and everyone is bought into that idea, but that is just my position. Either way, if this team loses in the first round, don’t expect to see many of the same faces in Jazz jerseys next season.

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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