Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns - 5/2/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Phoenix Suns (68-20) vs Dallas Mavericks (56-32)

Game Info: Monday, May 2, 2022 at 10:00 pm (Footprint Center)

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The Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns meet Monday in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs at the Footprint Center. The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a six-game series with the Utah Jazz. The Phoenix Suns are coming off a six-game series with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 104.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 99 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 29 points and 5.7 assists, while Jalen Brunson is averaging 27.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie is the third double-digit scorer and Dorian Finney-Smith is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 27.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game.

The Phoenix Suns are averaging 111.3 points on 52.3 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 23 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Chris Paul is averaging 22.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Mikal Bridges is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 31.9 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game.

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The Mavericks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 25-10-1 ATS in their last 36 games overall. The Suns are 17-7 ATS in their last 24 playoff games as a favorite and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Monday games. The over is 5-2 in Mavericks last 7 road games. The over is 4-1 in Suns last 5 overall. The Mavericks are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Phoenix and 8-21 ATS in the last 29 meetings.

The Phoenix Suns are going to get the benefit of the doubt here because they're at home, and they've won nine straight games against the Mavs while covering seven of those meetings. However, the Mavericks were quite impressive in their opening round against the Jazz, mainly on defense, and you have to like the way their role players have stepped up. You can also argue the Mavs have the best player in this series in Luka. The Mavs lose in the underdog role by an average of just 2.8 points. The Mavs are a team that continues to grow on me, and I think this series can be closer than some think. Give me the points.  

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Randy’s Pick Dallas Mavericks +5.5

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