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Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns Pick & Prediction MAY 15TH 2022

NBA | BASKETBALL
TV: TSN | TNT
Logo Dallas Mavericks
VS
Logo Phoenix Suns
209.5
OPENNER
-6.5

209o -107
CURRENT
-6.5 -110

+240
MONEYLINE
-303

123
SCORE
90

All the pressure is on the Phoenix Suns when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The home team has won in the previous six games of the series, and the Mavericks have lost seven straight games on the Suns' home floor since a victory early in the 2019-20 season.

Dallas also was annihilated 110-80 in Game 5 in Phoenix.

A Mavericks' win would shake like an earthquake, as well as send a team that lost in the 2021 NBA Finals home much sooner than expected.

The top-seeded Suns won an NBA-best 64 games in the regular season.

The situation allows the fourth-seeded Mavericks to play freely while the Suns' play will be dissected if they were to be eliminated in the second round.

"Me personally, I'm not really worried about what they have to lose or not," Dallas guard Jalen Brunson said. "I'm worried about what we're capable of doing and how are we going to let our season end."

The Mavericks remained alive with a scintillating 113-86 rout of the Suns in Thursday's Game 6 in Dallas.

The Mavericks committed just seven turnovers in the game while forcing Phoenix into 22.

"The turnovers. Terrible, unacceptable. It's that type of game where it was just unacceptable, man," Suns center Deandre Ayton said. "Them dudes, they wanted it more. I think after every loss we've had, they've shown that they wanted it more. It just wasn't a team that didn't want it. And it showed. Dramatically."

Phoenix coach Monty Williams couldn't believe his eyes as the turnovers mounted and his team finished with its lowest point total of the entire campaign.

"They played harder than us and we typically don't allow that," Williams said. "We understand that we turned it over and we did not have a focus. Our concepts in our defensive coverages was nowhere near average."

The Suns have been unable to lasso Luka Doncic, and the Dallas point guard was superb with 33 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

Doncic is averaging 32.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.2 steals in the series.

"I think he enjoys the moment," Mavericks first-year coach Jason Kidd said. "You guys have seen (it) a little bit longer than I have up close. He's not afraid of the stage. I think you guys call it the first time winning an elimination game. He'll be in this situation a long, long time."

While Doncic is now 1-2 in elimination games, Suns star Devin Booker will be in his first Game 7.

Phoenix didn't make the playoffs in any of Booker's first five seasons. When the Suns broke the drought last season, three of their series ended in six games and the other was over in four.

"Greatest two words in sports," Booker said of the term Game 7. "I'm excited to feel the energy. I'm excited to be a part of it. It's a great opportunity."

Booker is averaging 25.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the series but he had a shaky outing on Thursday. He scored 19 points but was 6-of-17 shooting and committed eight turnovers.

Phoenix also will need a better effort from veteran point guard Chris Paul, who had 13 points but five turnovers compared to just four assists.

Ayton stood out for the Suns with 21 points and 11 rebounds in Game 6 for his third double-double of the series.

Doncic received help from Brunson (18 points) and Reggie Bullock on Thursday. Bullock stunningly made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points and he sees his club riding the energy of the impressive 27-point win.

"We know what we need to bring to this game," Bullock said. "It's a hostile environment, but we've got all the energy behind us right now. It's about us just performing that on Sunday."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Dallas Mavericks
99
106
Phoenix Suns

Dallas vs. Phoenix Recap DEC 23TH 2020

Devin Booker scored 23 of his game-high 27 points in the first half, and the Phoenix Suns completed an unexpected undefeated run through the NBA bubble on Thursday with a 128-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks near Orlando.

The Suns (34-39) finished their bubble experience as the only undefeated team among all participants, going an improbable 8-0.

With the Memphis Grizzlies beating the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks in a game that took place simultaneously, the Suns need a loss by the Portland Trail Blazers (34-39) to the Brooklyn Nets later Thursday to get into the Western Conference play-in game as the No. 9 seed.

Dario Saric added 16 points, Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne each had 15 and Ricky Rubio dished out 12 assists for the Suns. Booker watched the fourth quarter from the bench.

The Mavericks went 3-5 in the bubble and finished the regular season at 43-32. They head into the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the West, where they'll face the second-seeded Los Angeles Clippers.

Dallas played without one of their top scorers, Kristaps Porzingis, who was held out. Boban Marjanovic led the Mavericks with 18 points and 20 rebounds, and star Luka Doncic tallied 18 points in only 13 minutes of action.

The Suns ran out to a 13-point lead with a 10-0 run late in the first quarter, highlighted by 3-pointers from Payne and Jevon Carter.

The Mavericks turned things around in the second quarter. They trimmed the Suns' lead to 45-42 on Delon Wright's layup with 7:36 left.

But the Suns took over for good, pushing their lead to 17 at 64-47 after Booker banked in a fall-away jumper, was fouled and hit the free throw. Phoenix made 29 of 44 shots in the first half for 66 percent, including 8 of 14 on 3s.

The Suns held a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

--Field Level Media

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