The playoffs are heating up and the daily preview takes it to the rim with NBA tips for Game 6 of the Semi-final series between Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.

NBA Tips – Phoenix Suns @ Dallas Mavericks

12:00 (AEST), Fri 13th May @ American Airlines Arena

History: Played 185: Suns 103 V Mavericks 82

Last meeting: May 11, 2022: Suns 110 d Mavericks 80 at Footprint Center

Final Thoughts: Phoenix Suns get the first opportunity to book a spot in the Western Conference Finals, up 3-2 ahead of their Game 6 showdown with the Mavericks in Dallas.

The top-seeded Suns chalked up a wire-to-wire 121-114 victory in Game 1 in Phoenix and dominated the second half of Game 2 to run away 129-109 winners.

But returning to Dallas proved just the tonic for the Mavs. After totalling just 22 points in the first two games, Jalen Brunson top-scored with 28 points in a 103-94 Game 3 victory. The Mavericks’ shooting came to the fore in a 111-101 Game 4 win. Dorian Finney-Smith went off for eight threes in a team total of 20 from 44 attempts.

Suns wrest back advantage

The Suns reverted to their NBA-leading form back in Phoenix, however, pulling away to a 110-80 result in Game 5. Defensive pressure and 28 points from Devin Booker underpinned the vital go-ahead win. Luka Doncic – who has scored at least 26 points per game since going off for 45 in Game 1 – and Jalen Brunson were solid, but support was sorely lacking. Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie had two points between them.

Chris Paul has been relatively quiet offensively in the past three games. But CP3 be fired up to perform in Dallas after two Mavericks fans were banned after an incident involving his family in Game 4.

It’s all or nothing for the Mavs and they have looked a different team on home in this series. Doncic’s drives to the hoop led the way to the Games 3 and 4 wins and they’ll try to replicate that. But after the Suns’ defensive improvement last time out, I’m expecting them to close it out in a tight Game 6.

Best Bet: Handicap – Suns -1.5 @ $1.90

Same Game Multi: Result – Suns; Total – Under 211.5; Chris Paul Points – Over 15.5; Chris Paul Assists – Over 8.5 @ $8.91

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