Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks 5/22/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Predictions

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

Dallas seemed to throw everything it had at Golden State in Game Two at the Chase Center and still came up short. The Mavericks held onto a double-digit halftime lead, but as is tradition with the Warriors, they came racing back in the third quarter. From there, everything seemed unreachable for Dallas; the Mavs had shot it so well from deep in the first half, and Luka Doncic was on a roll. How could Golden State possibly come back? As usual, they did, winning 126-117. Wildly enough, the Warriors have found a way to rebrand themselves from just the gunslingers from the West to an incredibly well-rounded and, more importantly, efficient basketball team. Golden State shot a 56/50/80 shooting split as a team and shot 17 fewer three-pointers than Dallas. Take a look at the Game Three preview below for further analysis and betting information!

Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks Betting Odds

We have seen this story play out with Dallas. The Mavericks have come back from being down 2-0 and then 3-2 against the Phoenix Suns, arguably the most complete team, after finishing with the best record in the NBA. Dallas seems not to fear being down in the series to its opponents and has done quite well in front of its home fans in the playoffs. The Mavs are 5-1 at home during the 2022 NBA playoffs, and their only loss came without Luka Doncic against the Utah Jazz. Despite the Mavs choking away a considerable road game in Game Two, I will ride with them once again against the spread for Game Three. Luka should be near full health after coming down with an illness at the beginning of the series, and Dallas should be locked in on defense.

I will be on the under for the point total at 218.5 for a few reasons. The last game may have obliterated this total, but I anticipate a much more defensive-centric game. All six of the Mavs’ home games have been under this point total, so I expect that to continue. Additionally, the likelihood of both teams shooting it so well from the field is slim, in my opinion. This is one of the few times where I’m ecstatic about a point total.

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How To Watch

Date: 5/22/22
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Arena: American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
Channel: TNT

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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup

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

Golden State Warriors Analysis

The Golden State Warriors are starting to feel more and more like the NBA’s version of the New England Patriots. I apologize if that comparison has been made for years already; however, teams can’t seem to get by them when they are at full strength. The sudden and borderline unexpected emergence of Jordan Poole this season has catapulted Golden State atop the league after a few disappointing years, and it shows no signs of slowing. This postseason, the Warriors boast an impressive 10-3 record against very formidable opponents; they look even better than they did at the beginning of the season. Even when they aren’t shooting well, they are mostly still finding ways to win by doing the small things well. As a team, they have shot 50% from the floor and 38% from deep, which would put them first in the NBA if maintained throughout the entire season. It’s the playoffs, so shooting should be more difficult, not easier! Still, I have concerns about Golden State. For one, the Dubs have been turning the ball over entirely too much. Like the regular season, their 15 turnovers per game would be them next-to-last in the NBA.

Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup

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

Dallas Mavericks Analysis

The obvious talking point surrounding the Dallas Mavericks right now is their three-point shooting; they have been chucking three-pointers left and right. Through the first two games of the series against Golden State, they have shot 93 three-pointers, which is a substantial amount. Even though Dallas has been known to shoot a ton of threes, it has averaged nearly nine more attempts per game in this series than in the regular season. However, the biggest issue is the Mavs’ defense, which has allowed 56% from the field and 42% from behind the arc. Since the start of this series, their defensive rating is 123.4; it’s going to be difficult to win any series with those numbers, let alone against one of the most prominent dynasties in NBA history. Still, I have faith in the Mavs to get it done in Game Three because if they don’t, the series is basically over. No team has ever come back after being down 3-0.

Andrew has watched sports since as young as he can remember and was fortunate enough to play college basketball. As a kid, he would sneak his Space Jam Michael Jordan jersey into his pre-school so he could wear it every day. Mom was not a happy camper when she found out.

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