Dallas Mavericks jockey playoff spot

Dallas Mavericks jockey playoff spot

The Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors meet in a match that will determine their place in the playoffs. Mavericks are from an unfortunate 112-108 loss against the Grizzlies on their last match. They are hopeful that they can overturn their results in this match, to improve their spot in the playoffs. On the other hand, the Warriors are coming from a 121-108 win against the Rockets, which made them improve their place in the standings. This is the momentum they need coming into this match. Mavericks will be hosting this match on March 23, 2023, at 7:30 AM (GMT+8).

This is the third and the last match of these two teams in the regular season. During their previous two matches, these two teams split their results. The first match was one by the hosts, while the second was won by the visitors. The hosts are currently the seventh in the West with 36 wins from their 72 matches. Meanwhile, the visitors are at the sixth with 37 wins from their 73 games. This is a crucial match for these two teams as it will determine who will be at the sixth and seventh spot respectively. Currently, the visitors are holding half game lead with a game in hand.

Dallas Mavericks

NBA: Dallas Mavericks
Photo courtesy of AP

The Mavericks are currently on the verge of participating in the play-in round of the Western Conference. This will happen if they will continue to suffer defeat, but a win could overturn their path in the playoffs. They are just 1/2 game behind the Warriors, this is the result of their 112-108 loss against the Grizzlies. It is actually a surprising loss, considering that they have a 13-point lead upon entering the fourth quarter. However, they were outscored in the final quarter, 29-12, which is why they were not able to get the win. Fortunately, they are doing well from beyond the arc shooting over 37.1%. Meanwhile, their free-throw shooting is quite impressive, as they are shooting over 75.4%. They are the 17th in offense with 113.7 points per game, and 14th in defense, giving up 113.2 points per game.

Luka Doncic is the leader for the Mavericks in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. However, it is unfortunate that he is still out in this match, following his thigh injury. With that, Kyrie Irving, who is chipping in 28.4 points per game, is expected to take charge for this match.

Golden State Warriors

NBA: Golden State Warriors
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

Considering the current format, the Warriors might struggle once again in this match as road games does not work in their favor. In fact, they are in an 11-game losing streak on the road, fortunately, this ended with a win against the Rockets. It was the splash brothers, Curry and Thompson, who led the Warriors in that match. On that match, they are actually leading all throughout the game, leading them to victory. However, they need to work on their turnovers or it will hurt them in their future games. They are shooting well beyond the arc shooting over 38.3 points per game, which is not surprising. In the free-throw line, they are impressive, shooting 79.3% in that area. They are the second offensively, scoring 118.3 points per game, but the 25th in defense allowing 117.9 points per game.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson leads the Warriors, having 29.8 and 22 points per game. However, they have many absentees coming into this game. Andre Iguodala, Gary Payton II, Ty Jerome, Andrew Wiggins, and Ryan Rollins are all out for this game. Draymond Green, and Kevon Looney on the other hand are both a doubt.


Dallas Mavericks
Total Under: 119.5
Odds: 0.87

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