The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for a vital Western Conference clash between Steph’s Warriors and Luka’s Mavericks.
11:30 (AEST), Wed 28th Apr @ Chase Center, San Francisco
History: Played 170: Mavericks 87 V Warriors 83
Last meeting: February 6, 2021: Mavericks 134 d Warriors 132 at American Airlines Center
Final Thoughts: Four places on the Western Conference ladder separate Dallas and Golden State, but the in-form Warriors are closing the gap after a recent hot run of results underwritten by Steph Curry’s insane shooting.
The 31-30 Warriors are still 10th in the West. But they have won seven of their last nine games and are only a couple of victories off leapfrogging a few teams in the standings.
The Warriors pounded the Nuggets (118-97) and edged the Kings (117-113) in their last two. Curry scored 69 points across the two games, while Draymond Green racked up a combined 26 rebounds and 32 assists.
Curry has smashed the record for most three-pointers in a month with a ridiculous 87 – with two games still to play in April.
The 33-27 Mavericks are sixth but had their three-match winning run halted by their second loss to also-rans Sacramento in the space of eight days.
Luka Doncic (24 pts, 7 reb, 8 ast) did his best to inspire the Mavs despite carrying an elbow complaint. Kristaps Porzingis sat out his second straight game.
Dallas are also on a back-to-back, a situation that has yielded a 5-7 record so far this season.
The Mavericks have won five of their last six against the Warriors, but the honours have been shared in two Dallas-hosted clashes this season.
Kelly Oubre Jr (40 pts, 8 reb) starred in a 147-116 Warriors blowout in early-February. But Curry’s 57-point night wasn’t enough to prevent a 134-132 Mavericks win two days later, with Doncic (42 pts, 7 reb, 11 ast) leading the hosts to victory.
The Warriors are 19-10 at home (17-12 against the line) and have won four straight at Chase Center. The Mavs are 17-13 on the road (16-14 ATS).
The Warriors’ (and in particular Curry’s and Green’s) form combined with the injury-hit Mavericks’ lack of rest suggest there’s a fair bit of value in the hosts as slight outsiders here.
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