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Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Pick & Prediction MAY 12TH 2022

NBA | BASKETBALL
TV: ESPN | Sportsnet
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OPENNER
214

-2.5 -110
CURRENT
214o -103

-139
MONEYLINE
+115

86
SCORE
113

The Phoenix Suns are one victory away from a second straight trip to the Western Conference finals.

To clinch a spot on Thursday night, they have to do something they haven't yet done in this series: Win in Dallas against the Mavericks.

The Suns lost Games 3 and 4 in Dallas and aim to become the first road team to win in the best-of-seven conference semifinal series. They hold a 3-2 series lead after blistering the Mavericks 110-80 on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Dallas guard Jalen Brunson is hopeful that the home trend will continue in Game 6.

"I guess it's a credit to the fan bases," Brunson said. "Our fan base is great for us. Their fan base is great for them.

"Home-court advantage is a real thing. Respect to both fan bases for making it difficult for the away team."

Suns point guard Chris Paul understands the challenge his club faces Thursday.

"That Game 3 and 4, it really bothered us a lot," Paul said of the two setbacks in Dallas by an average of 9.5 points.

Regardless of the venue, Dallas will have to put together a much better third quarter than the one that ruined its chances of winning Game 5.

The Mavericks committed nearly as many turnovers (12) as points scored in the stanza. The Suns outscored Dallas 33-14 to take a 22-point lead into the final quarter.

"It was the defense," Suns coach Monty Williams said of the reason for why his team pulled away. "When we get stops like that and are able to get out in transition, it gets us going. It gets the crowd going. And I firmly believe that defense travels. It's the one thing you can do in any gym."

Mavericks star Luka Doncic said his team never got its offense into gear.

"The one thing we didn't do great was our pace," Doncic said. "In the last two games, our pace was very good. I think they are one of the best defensive teams, if not the best, in the NBA. They held us to 80. That's pretty impressive. We've got to move the ball and have better pace -- faster."

Doncic recorded 28 points and 11 rebounds on Tuesday and is averaging 32 points, 9.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists in the series.

Brunson added 21 points as the backcourt combined for 49 points. The rest of the Mavericks totaled 31 on 8-of-31 shooting.

Dallas topped 100 points in each of the first four games before Phoenix stymied the attack.

"We pride ourselves on the defensive end all year," Suns guard Devin Booker said. "I think that's when we're at our best, when we're not taking the ball out of the hoop and playing a slower-paced game.

"We like getting stops, getting out in transition because we have a lot of athletes, a lot of people that can make plays for each other."

Booker scored 28 points in Game 5, falling just shy of his third 30-point effort of the series.

Booker is averaging 26.8 points in the series and is shooting a stellar 50 percent (16 of 32) from 3-point range.

"Book has shotmaking ability that's unique to very few people and in those moments when we need him to settle us down," Williams said. "Sometimes it's scoring that can settle you down."

The end result is that the Mavericks have their backs against the wall.

"When you talk about the playoffs it's about protecting home court," Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said. "It's hard to win on the road. So far, both teams have held serve. Now our goal is to hold serve in Game 6."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Phoenix Suns
107
104
Dallas Mavericks

Phoenix Suns vs. Dallas Mavericks Recap MAY 8TH 2022

Luka Doncic had a double-double and Dorian Finney-Smith led a 3-point shooting barrage as the host Dallas Mavericks defeated the visiting Phoenix Suns 111-101 on Sunday to even their Western Conference semifinal series 2-2.

Doncic had 26 points and 11 assists and Finney-Smith scored 24 points, making 8 of 12 3-pointers as the Mavericks finished 20 of 44 from beyond the arc. Jalen Brunson scored 18 points, Davis Bertans scored 12, Maxi Kleber had 11 and Spencer Dinwiddie had 10.

Devin Booker scored 35 points, Jae Crowder had 15, Deandre Ayton added 14 and 11 rebounds and Cameron Johnson scored 11 to lead the Suns, who made 9 of 25 3-pointers.

Suns guard Chris Paul played just 23 minutes, finishing with five points and seven assists before fouling with 8:58 left.

Game 5 will be Tuesday night in Phoenix.

The Mavericks led 87-78 when Paul returned to the game with five fouls and 10:28 remaining. The lead was still eight when Paul fouled out a minute and a half later.

Mikal Bridges' basket got Phoenix within six points before Finney-Smith made consecutive 3-pointers to complete an 8-0 run that gave Dallas a 97-83 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Dallas led by seven points when Paul went to the bench after committing his fifth foul with 9:32 left in the third quarter. Shortly after Paul's departure, the Mavericks scored seven straight points for a 75-63 lead.

Booker scored six points to help Phoenix trim the lead to four, but Dallas scored the last five points to push the lead to 87-78 at the end of the quarter.

Finney-Smith and Bertans each made two 3-pointers as the Mavericks turned a 19-13 lead into a 37-25 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Bertans made consecutive 3-pointers and Dinwiddie added another as they built a 46-29 lead.

Crowder made back-to-back 3-pointers and Paul added five points as Phoenix closed within 54-48.

Doncic made seven free throws as Dallas rebuilt the lead to 68-56 at halftime. His last two free throws came after Paul committed his fourth foul with one second left.

--Field Level Media

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