Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks 5/24/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks Matchup Preview (5/24/22)
The Golden State Warriors (3-0) look to sweep the Dallas Mavericks (0-3) in Game 4 on Tuesday night. The Warriors won 109-100 in Game 3 behind Andrew Wiggins’ exceptional performance. He had 27 points, 11 rebounds (6 offensive), and 3 assists on a 55 FG%. Stephen Curry produced 31 points, 11 assists, and 5 rebounds on 5/10 from three. Klay Thompson struggled with his shot, but he finished with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Kevon Looney almost clinched a double-double. He had 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists in 29 minutes. As a team, Golden State grabbed 14 offensive rebounds and constantly got to the rim. If they can win Game 4, they will advance to the NBA Finals and face the winner of Boston/Miami. It would be their 6th Finals appearance in the past 8 seasons. They will have to play without Otto Porter Jr in Game 4 though, as he is out.
Luka Doncic scored 40 points on a 47.8 FG% and 44.4 3PT%, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Warriors. Jalen Brunson had 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists on 7/12 from the field. Off the bench, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 26 points on 4/10 from three. Outside of those three, Dallas didn’t have another double-digit scorer. Dorian Finney-Smith contributed 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Reggie Bullock and Maxi Kleber both went scoreless; they combined to shoot 0/12 from three. A team has never come back from down 3-0 in the playoffs, but Dallas has to take this series one game at a time. Although it would be disappointing to lose, there are plenty of reasons for Mavericks fans to feel optimistic about the future. Luka Doncic is the best young superstar in the game, and he finally led Dallas out of the First Round. Jason Kidd’s hiring has been fantastic as well. It’s extremely unlikely that Dallas advances to the Finals this season, but anything can still happen.
Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks Betting Odds
The spread for Game 4 is -1 Mavericks, and I like the Warriors to cover. They have the momentum as well as the talent advantage. Dallas’ role players are struggling to convert their shots, and the rebounding has been dreadful. Golden State’s defense has a higher ceiling, and I trust their offense more than the Mavericks. It will be a close game given that it is a home game for Dallas, but I like the Warriors to complete the sweep.
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Time: 9:00 PM ET
Arena: American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
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Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup
Golden State Warriors Analysis
Andrew Wiggins dominated the Mavericks despite his shot not falling. He tortured them on the offensive glass and had crucial put-backs all game. This problem has plagued Dallas all season, so they need to address it in the off-season. It’s soul-crushing when a team gets a critical defensive stop but allows the offensive put-back (similar to allowing the opponent to convert a 4th down in the NFL). Without Wiggins haunting Dallas on both ends of the court, it’s likely that the Mavericks would have pulled off the win.
Kevon Looney has been a revelation for the Warriors this series, as he is at 13.3 PPG, 9.7 RPG, and 3.3 APG on a 78.3 FG%. His size means Draymond doesn’t have to exert himself as much on the boards. Because he is not as fatigued, Draymond stays a vital playmaker and help defender for longer without needing rest. Looney’s playmaking also keeps the wheels spinning on offense, as he can hit cutters or off-ball shooters. The problem for Dallas is that they cannot devote any resources to Wiggins or Looney. They have enough problems with Curry, Klay, Poole, and Draymond, so the fact that Wiggins and Looney are excelling is a huge reason behind Golden State’s commanding lead.
Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup
Dallas Mavericks Analysis
The Warriors are 31/78 (39.7%) in the series on open/wide open (4+ feet from nearest defender) three-point shots. The Mavericks, meanwhile, are 42/129 (32.5%) on those attempts this series. Luka Doncic has done a fantastic job of creating quality looks for his teammates, but they are struggling to capitalize on them. Bullock and Kleber were a combined 0/12 from three in Game 3, and they lost by 9 points. If they shoot even 25% on those clean looks, it’s a tie game. Dallas is letting Golden State off the hook, and the series could look drastically different if the role players hit shots they are expected to make.
Although Dwight Powell has his flaws, it’s worth exploring giving him more minutes. Bertans and Kleber are a combined 3/22 from three, so their offense has been a net negative. The Warriors have a 27.1 Offensive Rebound Percentage, and Powell would help alleviate that worrisome problem. The pick and roll connection between Luka and Powell is also strong; this would diversify the offense some and provide another avenue of scoring should their three-pointers not fall again. I am not advocating for Powell to play 35 minutes, but he shouldn’t be playing for only 10 MPG.