Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns 2022 NBA Second Round Playoffs: Game Five Preview

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Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns 2022 NBA Second Round Playoffs: Game Five Preview

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Dallas Mavericks vs Phoenix Suns 2022 NBA Second Round Playoffs: Game Five Preview

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Once again, the Phoenix Suns find themselves in a tied series entering a huge game five in their home arena. Last series, they were able to hold off a young Pelicans squad but have more of a challenge on their hands this time around. Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks looked like a completely different team out in Dallas and shocked the Suns. They came out with a ton of energy and tied the series up with the Suns. Phoenix needs to get back to the basics otherwise they may find themselves looking back on this season as a “what if”. As game five moves back out to the desert in Arizona, the Suns must be feeling good about their chances. They are a strong team at home and surely their role players will shoot better back in the comfort of their arena. However, Doncic and the Mavericks will try and make sure it doesn’t happen and steal home court away from the Suns. Can the Suns hold off the Mavericks to take back the series lead? Or will more Doncic magic happen, and Dallas steals a game on the road?

How Dallas can win: It is incredible what this Mavericks team can do when just one other person other than Doncic contributes. This Dallas team can shoot the lights out from three and did so in games three and four back at home. Now heading back out to Arizona for game five, they need to make sure they keep that same energy and come out strong. All the pressure is back on the Suns now with game five being in Phoenix. If Dallas is able to play strong defense and pressure the Suns into poor shot attempts, they’ll have a chance. The Mavericks seemed to figure out something against the Suns in the past few games, so they need to make sure they keep that up. If role players like Jalen Brunson or Dorian Finney-Smith can step up again, it would be huge for Dallas.

How Phoenix can win: Going home may be the best thing for this Suns team right now as they looked completely different in games three and four than in games one and two. Anytime a series shifts to a different location, you expect the home teams players to play better but it seems the Suns weren’t ready for Dallas. If Phoenix wants to avoid heading back to Dallas down three games to two, they need to refocus. They were the best team all season long and need to show it in game five tonight. Phoenix needs to get back to playing defense and forcing Dallas into bad shot attempts. Other Mavericks started getting going as the series moved to Dallas so the Suns need to make sure they can limit their production. Doncic is going to get his but if the Suns can make sure nobody else does, they have to like their chances.

The Spread Via FanDuel:

Moneyline: DAL: (+205) | PHO: (-250)
Spread: DAL: +6.5 (-114) | PHO: -6.5 (-106)

Final Prediction: Phoenix Suns 117 Dallas Mavericks 108

-Going back to Phoenix, you have to favor the Suns here. However, the Mavericks are going to fight and come in with a ton of confidence fresh off their two wins. If Dallas takes this game, they may have the upper hand in the series. I see the Suns showing up and playing desperate because they don’t have any plan to head back to Dallas trailing in this series. Give me the home team to win here tonight.

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