The Suns and Mavericks return to American Airlines Arena for the next game of their second-round playoff series, with Phoenix leading the series 3-2. Tuesday night’s matchup saw the Suns win an easy 110-80 victory, as the Mavericks struggled against their opponent’s top-rated defense the entire game.
At halftime, Phoenix held a three-point lead but outscored the Mavs 33-14 in the third period to take a commanding lead and never looked back. Luka Doncic was one of just three players in double-figures for Dallas, as he had 28 points and 11 rebounds but only two assists.
With another great defensive effort tonight, the Suns can wrap up the series with a victory.
Phoenix needs one more win versus Dallas to advance to the Western Conference finals for the second straight season. To win in Game 6, they’ll also have to take their first game on the road in the series. However, after their 30-point blowout victory on Tuesday night, they should have more confidence going into tonight’s game in Dallas.
The Suns are shooting 51.7% from the field to lead all playoff teams but have come up short in their two games in Dallas, losing Game 4 by ten points. Chris Paul fouled out of that game after playing just 23 minutes. They will have to win their first road game in the series, which doesn’t seem impossible since they had the best road record in the regular season at 32-9.
Dallas was on a high after winning both games at home in convincing fashion but was quickly brought back to earth after losing the last matchup on the road. They shot 38% from the field, only made eight of 32 three-pointers, and shot 67% from the foul line in Game 5. The Mavericks also had just nine assists in the game versus 28 for the Suns.
The Mavs are shooting just 44.3% from the field in the playoffs, with Doncic leading them in scoring with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 6.;8 assists. Jalen Brunson is second with 23.3 points per game in the postseason.
Their defense has been solid overall, holding their opponents to just 104.7 points in their 11 playoff games. However, they must be consistent again tonight, or they could find themselves watching the conference finals from their couches.
The Suns are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games against Dallas and are 3-6 straight up in their previous nine games on the road. The Mavericks are 10-1 in their last 11 games at home and are 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games.
The Suns are slight favorites on the road to wrap up the series. Dallas has been dominant at home in the playoffs, but the difference will be that Phoenix will be focused and determined to finish off the Mavericks tonight. Godds Pick/Prediction: The Suns will win, and the total goes over.