The playoffs are heating up and the daily preview takes it to the rim with NBA tips as Golden State Warriors look to finish off Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
11:00 (AEST), Wed 25th May @ American Airlines Center, Dallas
History: Played 178: Mavericks 91 V Warriors 87
Last meeting: May 23, 2022: Warriors 109 d Mavericks 100 at American Airlines Arena
Final Thoughts: It’s do or die now for Dallas Mavericks, who are 3-0 down to Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals heading into Game 4. They’ll be looking to utilise home advantage and Luka Doncic’s brilliance to keep the series alive.
The Championship-favourite Warriors have won all three games by margins of nine or more, including Game 3 on the road as a 2.5-point underdog.
Steph Curry (21 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast) led the way in a 112-87 victory in Game 1, while Andrew Wiggins (19 pts) did a great job on Doncic and Jordan Poole had 19 points off the bench. Doncic was held to 20 points (including only two in the second half), 7 rebounds and 4 assists and shot just 6-for-18 from the floor. Likewise, Jalen Brunson (14 pts) missed all five of his three-point attempts in a night where the Mavericks shot just 36 percent overall and just 11-for-48 from behind the arc. The Warriors shot 56.1 percent.
Doncic (42 pts, 8 ast, 3 stl) – who had 18 first-quarter points – and Brunson (31 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast) responded superbly in Game 2, draining five three-pointers apiece. But the Warriors rallied from 19 points down to carve out a 126-117 win. Curry (32 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast) lit up with six threes, while big man Kevon Looney (21 pts, 12 reb) made a big contribution and Jordan Poole dropped 23 points off the bench.
Warriors dig in on the road
The Warriors remained locked in as the series moved to Dallas. Curry (31 pts, 11 ast) was again dominant in a 109-100 Game 3 result, while Wiggins (27 pts, 11 reb) – who was under an ankle injury cloud – played a huge hand. Doncic went off for 40 points and had 11 rebounds, while Brunson contributed 20 points and Spencer Dinwiddie had 26 off the bench. The Mavs went just 13 of 45 from three-point range, though, in a crucial discrepancy.
The Warriors’ guards’ pace has been too much for the Mavericks as the last couple of games have worn on. The playoffs experience of the Curry-Thompson-Green triumvirate is becoming more of a factor, too, as we move through the post-season, while Wiggins and Poole are playing fine support roles that just aren’t being replicated in the Mavericks line-up.
The Mavs can’t be counted out yet and will leave it all out on the court. They haven’t been too far off in the past two games – but the Warriors can still lift another gear. In a pick ‘em, the Warriors look good value to seal an NBA Finals berth here.