As the scene shifts back to San Francisco for game five between the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors, the notion of a gentlemen’s sweep still hangs in the balance. The Mavericks held off elimination with a dominant game four win, but the question is whether or not they can pull a game out away from Texas. No team has ever come back from down three games to nothing but if Dallas were to win this game tonight, the Warriors may get a little tight. The crowd in Dallas would be ready to go and the Mavericks confidence would be sky-high. The Warriors will be looking to close out Dallas in this game tonight because they want no business of entering a game six in Dallas. No doubt we will see two focused teams tonight, competing for different means. Dallas wants to keep their season alive, and the Warriors want to end this series and move on to another appearance in the NBA Finals. Can the Warriors rid themselves of the Mavericks or will Dallas hold serve once again?
How Dallas can win: Dallas blitzed Golden State in game four with strong three-point shooting. If they want any chance of winning game five tonight, they’ll need to make their three-point shots again. This team essentially lives and dies by the three-point shot and will likely face the same dilemma in this game. Star Luka Doncic can only do so much, especially on the road, so others are going to need to step up if Dallas is to extend the series again. They need to play team ball and make sure they try and take advantage of every possession they have. The Warriors aren’t likely to have as bad of an offensive game this time around, so the Mavericks need to be ready.
How Golden State can win: The Warriors had a letdown game last time out but did rally back to make it a lot closer than the score indicated. Heading into game five, the Warriors just need to slow down and get back to what was working for them during the first few games. They rely on their shooting and strong defense so making sure to do those things should benefit them. They need to come out of the gates strong and send a message that this game is theirs. It wouldn’t shock me if the Warriors were the team with the mindset that it was them on the brink of elimination. The final game to win of a series is always the hardest and the Warriors need to make sure they stay focused and not take the Mavericks for granted.
The Spread Via FanDuel:
Moneyline: DAL: (+250) | GSW: (-310)
Spread: DAL: +7 (-110) | GSW: -7 (-110)
Final Prediction: Golden State Warriors 115 Dallas Mavericks 104
-I like the Warriors to regain their form and close out the Mavericks here tonight. Dallas extended the series and gave their fans a win at home, but the series ends tonight. Golden State is too good and too experienced to let the Mavericks back into this series. They know that the series needs to end tonight and I expect them to come out with the mindset of a championship team. Give me the Warriors to pick up the win.