Mavericks vs. Suns Game 1 NBA Playoffs Odds and Preview – May 2nd, 2022

The Suns and the Mavs face off in the Western Conference Semis. Both sides are coming from a six-game series in the first round. The Suns were tested by the New Orleans Pelicans after several close calls. Meanwhile, the Mavs eliminated No. 5 seed Utah Jazz to progress to the semis for the first time in ten seasons.

Nitrobetting is more than ready for the postseason. Find a full preview of the Mavericks vs. Suns game below. We present you with game details, team and player stats, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions–all of which help you lock in on the best picks.

Mavericks vs. Suns Game 1 Information

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Why Bet on the Dallas Mavericks?

The Mavs surprised everyone with a strong showing in the first round. Many expected the team to struggle against a more loaded Utah Jazz lineup, but Jason Kidd’s lineup proved to be a handful at times even without Luka Doncic on the floor. The Mavs averaged 104.7 points per game in the playoffs and shot 44.4% from the field. Luka Doncic remains the top scorer with 29 per game, but Jalen Brunson stepped up with 27.8 points per game. Four other players join the double-digit scoring list, featuring Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, and Maxi Kleber.

Luka Doncic has been an all-around player for the Mavs. Not only is he the leading scorer, but he also holds the team-high rebounds (10.7), assists (5.7), and blocks (one) per game. As a team, the Mavs averaged 37.7 boards, 19.3 assists, and 6.5 steals per game. They also overpowered Utah from deep and shot 37.1% versus the Jazz’s 27.4%.

Tim Hardaway Jr. will be out for at least a week, but Luka Doncic and the rest of the core lineup are ready to face the loud Phoenix Suns crowd on Monday night.

Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?

The Suns ended the season with an average of 114.8 points per game. The numbers significantly dropped to 111.3 points per game in the hands of the Pelicans. They were outrebounded in the playoffs, 45.7 to 35.7 per game. We’ve seen the team struggle against a young and more unpredictable team, but they eventually found their footing and came up with the 4-2 series victory.

With a battery of shooters, the Suns closed the first round with a 52.3% field goal percentage. Although the team struggled from downtown at 31.9% versus their regular-season record of 36.4%, they stayed composed on the line. As a team, Phoenix shot 80.7% from the line. Devin Booker led the charge with 23 points per game, while Chris Paul followed closely with 22.3 points per game. Paul also led the team in assists in the postseason with 11.3 per game.

Phoenix lost some offensive bite after losing Devin Booker to injury for three games. Nonetheless, the team pulled through thanks to its deep bench squad. Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson filled the gaps and kept the Suns afloat throughout the series.

Mavericks vs. Suns Betting Trends

  • The Mavs are 4-1 in their last five road games (5-0 ATS).
  • The Mavs are 5-5 in their last ten postseason games (6-5 ATS).
  • The totals have gone over in three of the Mavs’ last five road games.
  • The Suns are 3-2 in their last five playoff games at Footprint Center (3-2 ATS).
  • The Suns are 6-4 in their last ten games (6-4 ATS).
  • The totals have gone under in six of the Suns’ last ten games.

Mavericks vs. Suns Expert Betting Prediction

The Suns are likely to set the tone for the series with home advantage on their end. This matchup is going to be tough for the Mavs this time around. Deandre Ayton needs another big game for his side, but Dallas is likely to hit back as Jason Kidd finds more ways to contain the Suns.

The Mavs have to play catchup on the road. It’s not going to be an easy matchup, but covering the spread should be doable for Dallas. Getting a win is not impossible looking at how they performed against a stacked Jazz squad as well.

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