- Dallas Mavericks host the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of their West semis.
- The Suns are in a position to close the series if they win tonight.
- The tension between Devin Booker and Luka Doncic is pretty high.
Over the years, we’ve witnessed all sorts of rivalries during the playoffs, but the one between Booker and Doncic really has the potential to be huge. These two guys are going after one another all the time, provoking, trash-talking, and even having some confrontations.
For sure, we will see the same tonight, as both guys desperately want to win, Luka to force Game 7 and D-Book to reach the conference finals.
Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks Schedule
- Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
- When: Thursday, May 12 2020 at 9:30 pm ET
- How to Watch: ESPN
Suns vs Mavericks Vegas Odds
Game 5 Second Half as the Recipe for the Suns
In the second half of the previous meeting against the Mavs, the Suns scored 61 points, while the other side, allowed 34. A strong third period during which they outscored the rivals 33-14 was the game’s turning point.
Booker and the boys were better than the rivals in almost every aspect of the game. They were shooting 49.4%, while Dallas made only 38% of its attempts. Also, the difference in boards was on the hosts’ side, 50-38.
D-Book had 28 points with seven boards, while Deandre Ayton ended the night with 20 buckets and nine boards. Cam Johnson and Mikal Bridges both scored 14 points, and Chris Paul added seven but had 10 assists.
Sidekicks Failed to Show Up in Game 5
Luka and Brunson did their part of the job in Game 5, but other players were nowhere near their expected productivity. Dorian Finney-Smith, for example, had only eight points, Maxi Kleber four, Spencer Dinwiddie two, and Reggie Bullock played 35 points without a single basket scored.
The key to Dallas’ wins was tough defense and a solid contribution from at least two role players. In this case, there weren’t any and everything came down to Luka and Brunson.
Doncic scored 28 points and had 11 boards, but he was visibly frustrated with the way things developed and didn’t hide it in the closing few minutes of the event. Meanwhile, Brunson had 21 buckets with seven rebounds.
Suns vs Mavericks Head to Head Games
So far, both teams have defended their home court. The opening two events saw the Suns winning at the Footprint Center, 121-114 and 129-109. After that, the Mavs replied, 103-94 and 111-101. The most recent meeting concluded with Phoenix’s big victory, 110-80.
Suns vs Mavericks NBA Picks
Both games in Dallas had a significantly lower efficiency than those in Phoenix, and neither of them reached the over/under limit set for tonight’s clash, which is currently at 214 points. Mavs’ victories at the American Airlines Center are usually due to a very good defense, and the majority of those events are inefficient. That’s why our pick here is under.