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GAME ESSENTIALS: Mavericks (52-30) against Warriors (53-29), at 6 p.m. (PT). TV: DTT
ODDS: Warriors -6.5. MORE LESS: 214.
ELIMINATION SERIES: The Warriors lead 1-0. LAST PLAYOFF MEETING: Warriors won the 2007 first-round series 4-2.
It didn’t take long for the Warriors to feel comfortable in the Western Conference Finals, and they’ll look to solidify their series lead in Game 2 on Friday night.
Golden State put down Dallas’ Luka Dončić in Game 1 of the series, limiting the young superstar to just 20 points and forcing him to commit seven turnovers.
The defensive looks the Warriors threw at Dončić were varied and versatile, mixing their usual man-to-man switch defense with some zone looks – including a box-and-one. The unnamed Dončić Mavericks didn’t capitalize on some of the looks Golden State gave them, shooting just 22.9 percent from 3-point range and 36 percent from the field. Dallas will need those players to do more to give them a chance in the series.
On the offensive side, the current key players in the Warriors’ seven rotations all had double-digit points, with Steph Curry leading with 21 points and Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins adding 19.
But the Warriors also struggled from the outside, going 10 for 29 to 3-pointers (34.5%) on the night, relying mostly on an elite night at mid-range and attacking to the basket to withdraw in the 25-point victory.
Which team is getting hot from the bottom of match 2? How will Dallas counter Golden State’s defense on Dončić? And what can the Mavericks do defensively to counter the myriad options the Warriors present on offense?
Follow reporters Madeline Kenney and Shayna Rubin and columnist Dieter Kurtenbach break down these questions and more in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.