The Golden State Warriors took both games at home for a 2-0 lead. Coming off a 126-117 win in Game 2, will the Warriors make it three in a row? Or will the Mavs fight back and cut the series deficit in half? Check out our preview below of this Warriors vs. Mavs 2022 NBA Playoffs showdown.
Betting Preview for the Golden State Warriors vs Dallas Mavericks NBA Western Conference Finals Game 3 on May 22, 2022
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
When: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: TNT
Betting on the Golden State Warriors (+2)
Regular Season Record: 53-29
The focus for the Warriors will always be mostly on Stephen Curry, but he’s also going to be the first to tell that Golden State would not have been up 2-0 in the series if not for the outstanding performances of the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, and the surprising Kevon Looney. Wiggins had 16 points in Game 2, while Poole came off the bench and fired 23. Looney, meanwhile, had a night to remember with 21 points to go with 12 rebounds. The Warriors are taking advantage of the lack of resistance in the paint from Dallas, with Looney racking up points off shots around the rim and the entire Golden State team scoring +32 (62-32) in the shaded area in Game 2. There’s just more variety, better ball movement, and smoother motion on the floor for the Warriors’ offense that is leading the playoffs with 27.9 assists per game and second in potential assists (50.1).
The Warriors are 3-0 against the spread in their last three games overall.
Betting on the Dallas Mavericks (-2)
Regular Season Record: 52-30
The Mavs are not in uncharted territories. Just last round, they went down 0-2 to the Phoenix Suns before surging right back to win the series. In doing so, they went undefeated in the second round at American Airlines Center, and that’s where they will be looking to stage the start of their comeback in this series versus Golden State. The Mavs are not going to shy away from taking threes, even though they’ve died twice already doing that against the Warriors. They shot 21/45 from deep in Game 2 for a 46.7 percent success rate – a whole lot better than their shooting splits from behind the arc in the series opener. But adjustments on defense will have to be done right away, which could see the Mavs giving more minutes to Dwight Powell at the expense of Maxi Kleber’s playing time. At the end of the day, Luka Doncic is the man in Dallas. He poured in 42 points on 12/23 shooting in Game 2 and is now averaging 31.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 6.5 assists in the playoffs, thus far.
The Mavericks are 9-1-1 against the spread in their last 10 games as the home team. (5-0 ATS in the last five in Dallas).
The Mavs win, 115-112.
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