golden state warriors vs dallas mavericks predictions and preview

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NBA golden state warriors vs dallas mavericks predictions and preview



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On Thursday night, the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors clash at the Chase Center for Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The Mavericks avoided elimination on Tuesday night with an impressive 119-109 home win as 1.5-point favorites. The Warriors have a chance to catapult themselves back into the Finals with a 3-1 advantage coming home. The opening tip is scheduled for 9:00 PM ET. Golden State opens this game as a seven-point home favorite.


Mavericks Win Big at Home

Luka Doncic had 30 points and 14 rebounds, and the Dallas Mavericks beat Golden State 119-109 in Game 4 on Tuesday night. The game was delayed for 16 minutes due to a leaky roof. Dorian Finney-Smith had 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting and Reggie Bullock added 18 points on 6-of-10 - all 3-pointers. Jalen Brunson had 15 points and Maxi Kleber, who was 2-of-14 shooting (all 3s) in the first three games, made two 3s before halftime and was 5-of-6 shooting overall for 13 points. Shots were falling for the Mavericks in Game 4 after they struggled from long distance in the first three. 


"Everybody in that locker room felt like we had more basketball to play,'' Finney-Smith said to Associated Press reporters after the game. ''We just wanted to get the win anyway. ... Feel like we came out desperate that first half.''

No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series. Only three of the 146 teams to fall down 3-0 have come back to even force a Game 7. Dallas didn't have any notable injuries in Game 4, and the same lineup can be expected for this elimination game on Thursday evening.


Warriors Fail to Sweep, Come Home Thursday

Stephen Curry finished with a staggered 20 points, eight rebounds, and five dimes in Golden State’s 119-109 loss in Game 4. Dallas came out ready to play and Curry addressed that after the game.

'It was almost like an ego win (for Dallas). You come out and really have nothing to lose. So that confidence started early,'' Stephen Curry said to AP reporters. ''And we really didn't do nothing to slow it down, and then that's when the avalanche starts. You tip your hat to them.''


Golden State failed to get typical performances from their supporting cast. Andrew Wiggins finished with 13 and Klay Thompson chipped in only 12. The Warriors were without Otto Porter Jr., who averaged 10.5 points on 82% shooting the first two games before leaving Game 3 because of a sore left foot. He did not suit up Tuesday and is listed as questionable for Game 5. After the dud they put up in Dallas, you can expect a much more consorted effort from the Warriors on Thursday.