The Dallas Mavericks are under big pressure going back home after two big losses to the Phoenix Suns and will have to step their game up in order to stay competitive in the series. Luka Doncic played well in the first two games and will need more support from his teammates when the Mavericks host the Suns at the American Airlines in Dallas, TX on May 6, 2022.
- Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns
- NBA – Western Conference Playoffs, Round 2, Game 3
- Date – 6/5/2022
- Starting time – 9.30 PM ET
- Venue: American Airlines in Dallas, TX
Dallas Mavericks Stats & Form
The Dallas Mavericks won their first Playoff series after they won the only championship in franchise history back in 2011 and the first one since Luka Doncic is in the league. They played excellent against the Utah Jazz in the opening round showing character as they went past the Jazz with Luka Doncic missing the first three games of the series.
But all that success seems like a far history as the Mavs are 2-0 down after the opening games in Phoenix. To make things even worse, Dallas lost by 20 points in Game 2 which certainly do not look very promising as the series is moving to American Airlines Center.
Luka Doncic has been phenomenal in the first two games averaging 40 points but the Mavs will need the rest of the crew to step up in Game 3.
The Mavericks are the second-best team in the league allowing 104.7 points per game.
Dallas Mavericks News
Tim Hardaway Jr. is still out for the Mavericks and will not play in Game 3.
Phoenix Suns Stats & Form
The Phoenix Suns came into this Playoff ready to go one step further than last year when they failed to win the NBA Championship even though they had a 2-0 lead in the Finals series.
They are ready for that as Devin Booker returned to court after suffering a hamstring injury in Game 2 of the opening playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Suns are dominating the series against the Mavericks so far as they were able to close both games strong by not giving any chance to the Mavericks. Luka Doncic is a player that they cannot stop but they are doing excellent job on limiting the impact of the rest of the Mavericks team.
Booker and Chris Paul are always on their level but what is even more encouraging for coach Monty Williams is the game of the starting center Deandre Ayton. He is taking advantage of the limited big men of the Mavericks and is making the key difference in the series.
Phoenix Suns News
The Phoenix Suns will have their full roster available for Game 3 in Dallas.
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns Head-to-Head Stats
The Phoenix Suns have won the last 9 games against the Dallas Mavericks including the first two wins of this Playoff series.
Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns Betting Odds
The Phoenix Suns are slight favorites to win Game 3 with the odds set at -115, while the Dallas Mavericks are at -105.
The total point margin is set at 219 with both ways at -110.
The Phoenix Suns are back in full speed after Devin Booker has fully recovered from the injury he suffered in Game 2 of the series against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Suns dominated the opening two games in the series against the Mavericks which brings them to nine consecutive wins against the 2011 NBA Champions. The Mavericks won their first series since their championship season and they will end the season there unless they find a way to be competitive against the Suns. Luka Doncic has scored 80 points in the first two games which sounds unreal but that wasn’t enough to come even close to thinking of winning in Phoenix. This is proof that the Suns are simply a better team than the Mavs who cannot keep the pace against them. The Mavs will leave everything they have on the court in Game 3 and Doncic will have another impressive performance but that will not be enough to avoid another loss.
Expert betting tip: Dallas Mavericks +2.5 (-110 by 22bet)