dallas mavericks vs phoenix suns predictions and preview

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NBA dallas mavericks vs phoenix suns predictions and preview


 

 

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The Phoenix Suns head to Dallas to play the Mavericks in Game 3 at 9:30 p.m. ET as Phoenix looks to take a commanding series lead. The Suns (2-0) are coming off a

Suns Looking To Go Up 3-0

Phoenix had to beat New Orleans with Devin Booker for a couple of games but now that he's healthy they are rolling. The Suns had a massive second half to get the win as they trailed at the half but outscored Dallas 31-23 in the third quarter and 40-26 in the fourth. They were led by Booker who dropped 30 while Chris Paul added 28 and Jae Crowder chipped in with 15 and Mikal Bridges had 11.

 

The Suns have been led by Booker who is averaging 26.8 PPG while Deandre Ayton is averaging 17.2 and Paul is chipping in with 14.7. So far in the playoffs, Phoenix has been shooting 48.5% from the field and 36.4% from three while in the two games against the Mavericks they have shot 50.5% and 64.5% from the field in Games 1 and 2 while from three they shot 39.3% and 52%.

Phoenix will be without Dario Saric.

 

Mavericks In Must-Win Territory

If Dallas is going to pull off the upset and win this series, they will need to win both games at home to have a shot. The Mavericks played well in the first half but in the second half, they let the Suns shoot too many open shots as their defense struggled. In Game 2, they were led by Luka Doncic who dropped 35 while Reggie Bullock dropped 16 and Spencer Dinwiddie had 11 as those three were the only players to have double-digit points.

 

The Mavericks have been led by Doncic in the post-season as he's averaging 33.4 while Jalen Brunson is averaging 23.6 and Dinwiddie is chipping in with 13.9. As a team, they are shooting 44.9% from the field and 38.1% from three in the regular season, while this season they went 29-12 at home. Meanwhile, in the regular season, Dallas went 0-3 against Phoenix so they have yet to beat the Suns.

Dallas will be without Tim Hardaway Jr.





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