NBA Playoffs Tips & Preview – Mavericks @ Jazz (Game 6)

The playoffs are underway and the daily preview takes it to the rim with NBA tips as Dallas Mavericks look to snuff out Utah Jazz in Game 6. 

12:00 (AEST), Fri 29th Apr @ Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City

History: Played 197: Jazz 111 V Mavericks 86

Last meeting: April 26, 2022: Mavericks 102 d Jazz 77 at American Airlines Center

Final Thoughts: Dallas Mavericks get the first chance to close out this First Round series – but they’ll have to do it on a brooding Utah Jazz’s home court in Game 6.

With Luka Doncic sidelined, the fourth-seeded Mavs managed to take a 2-1 lead despite a 99-93 loss at home in Game 1. Jalen Brunson went off for 41 points in a 110-104 Game 2 victory and dropped 31 as Dallas grabbed a 126-118 win in Game 3 in Salt Lake City.

Doncic returned in Game 4 with 30 points and 10 rebounds, but the Jazz squared up at 2-all with a 100-99 eclipse. Rudy Gobert (17 pts, 15 reb) produced some big plays in the dying stages, while Donovan Mitchell (23 pts, 7 ast) was prominent and Jordan Clarkson (25 pts) top-scored off the bench.

The Mavericks took back the ascendancy in Game 5 at home, however, with a 102-77 blowout result. Doncic (33 pts, 13 reb, 5 ast) and Brunson (24 pts) led the way for Dallas, while Clarkson (20 pts) and Gobert (17 pts) were the only Utah players to score in double figures. Hassan Whiteside was ejected for a hard foul on Doncic.

A 22-4 Mavs run in the second quarter set up the rout as the Jazz posted their lowest game tally this season by 13 points.

After averaging 30 points in the first four games, Mitchell managed just nine. He was hampered by a hamstring injury but has declared his availability for Game 6.

With their season on the line, the Jazz will almost certainly be more competitive here and will relish the home advantage – they are 30-13 at Vivint Arena this season. But the momentum is with the visitors and Luka hasn’t skipped a beat since returning.

In a pick ‘em game, I’m going with the in-form Mavs.

Best Bet: Result – Mavericks @ $1.90

Same Game Multi: Handicap – Mavericks; Total – Over 209.5; Jalen Brunson Points – Over 20.5; Luka Doncic Points – Over 31.5; Rudy Gobert Rebounds – Over 14.5 @ $22.65