The playoffs are heating up and the daily preview takes it to the rim with NBA tips for a pivotal Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks.
11:00 (AEST), Mon 23rd May @ American Airlines Center, Dallas
History: Played 177: Mavericks 91 V Warriors 86
Last meeting: May 21, 2022: Warriors 126 d Mavericks 117 at Chase Center
Final Thoughts: Dallas Mavericks are virtually in must-win territory ahead of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at home after going down twice to Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.
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.
The Warriors’ guards’ pace was too much for the Mavericks as the game wore on. The playoffs experience of the Curry-Thompson-Green triumvirate is becoming more of a factor, too, as we move through the post-season. Wiggins (ankle soreness) is under a bit of a cloud for Game 3.
The Mavs will aiming to parlay Doncic’s brilliance and a spike from Brunson into a series-altering win at home. But they must tighten up defensively – and the in-form Warriors are hard to resist with the underdog tag.