Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors

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Tonight, two of the goliaths in the Western Conference will go at it at the Chase Center. The second-seeded Golden State Warriors will take on the fifth-seeded Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors have cooled off since their 18-2 start to the season, while the Mavs have only started to surge, winning 11 of their last 13 led by superstar Luka Doncic. Will the Warriors begin to find their groove once again, or will the Mavericks continue their hot streak in search of a top-four seed?

How The Mavericks Can Win:

The Mavericks will be headed out to Golden State, and luckily for them, they have no rotation players listed on tonight’s injury report. Dallas has all the momentum going into this game, but how exactly can they capitalize upon this and pull off the victory?

One of Dallas’ X-Factors going into the game is Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis has had an impressive bounce-back year on both ends, and with Draymond Green out once again due to a back injury, it’s imperative that Porzingis imposes his will as a scorer. The Warriors lack size, and with Green out, they’ve lacked the anchor that makes them successful on that end. Porzingis needs to remain consistent as an offensive threat and bang down low in the trenches for easy buckets.

Not only that, but Luka Doncic has to win the point guard battle between him and Stephen Curry. Curry has been in the biggest slump of his entire career, and Doncic is only getting better as the season progresses. If Doncic can be the one controlling the tempo of the game, Dallas should be in a rock-solid spot.

Dallas also must keep up their great defense. Although this should be more of a shoot-out than a gritty game, if Dallas can keep up the elite defense that they’ve had as of late, it could lock in the win even more so.

How The Warriors Can Win:

Unlike the Mavericks, Golden State will be going into this game short-handed. Draymond Green will sit out once again, along with Andre Iguodala. Klay Thompson is questionable, but due to him coming off two major injuries, one could guess that Thompson will sit tonight’s game. 

Golden State has been ice cold as of late compared to how they started. Although they’ve won two straight, Curry has still been in his slump, and he needs to break out of it if Golden State wants to have a fighting chance. On top of that, Jordan Poole needs to provide an extra layer of scoring in order to maximize this Warriors offense.

In order to keep their defense intact, players such as Andrew Wiggins and Otto Porter Jr. need to step up in Green’s absence. Golden State’s defense has suffered without Green, proving his services are vitally needed. The Warriors as a whole need to step up defensively, specifically Wiggins and Porter Jr.

At full strength, Golden State would be favored in this matchup. However, with the Mavericks firing on all cylinders, and Golden State being short-handed, expect Dallas to take care of the Warriors quite easily.

The Spread via FanDuel-

Moneyline: DAL: (+126) | GSW: (-148)

Spread: DAL: +3 (-110) | GSW: -3 (-110)

Total: 211.5 — Over: (-112) | Under: (-108)

Final Prediction: Dallas Mavericks 123, Golden State Warriors 103

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