Even after getting demolished in Game 5, the Dallas Mavericks regrouped and adjusted their game plan for Game 6 at the American Airlines Center and dominated the Phoenix Suns on their home floor once again. The Suns usually have the strength of turning on the switch at any given juncture of the series, but the Mavs seem to be a difficult matchup for them.
Having an incredible regular season gives the Suns home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, but Dallas has the momentum and confidence coming off the massive Game 6 victory. Luka Doncic was magnificent, but he was not on a solo offensive machine. Role players are typically better at home and they continued the trend as Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie exploded for five threes each to supplement the production of Doncic.
Game 7 will be a barn burner and the Mavs have a legitimate chance of beating the reigning Western Conference Champions.
Mavs Will Beat Suns
Luka Doncic will be the best player on the floor
One must not forget that the last Game 7 Luka Doncic played in the playoffs was last year against the Los Angeles Clippers wherein he dominated the match despite the loss. That was just his third season in the NBA, but Doncic seemed to be on peak level already by tallying 46 points, 7 rebounds, and 14 assists. For Dallas to upset Phoenix in Game 7, Doncic must record similar numbers, and he is more than capable of that.
The Suns do not have an effective matchup to try and contain or limit Doncic so with all the marbles on the line, this is Doncic’s night to shine. Furthermore, it is imperative for Luka Doncic to score over 30 in this contest, but the more impressive aspect of his repertoire is his selflessness in sharing the rock and attracting the defense in every possession. In their three home wins, his passes have been accurate and timely which is integral to finding the holes in the spectacular Suns’ defense.
Chris Paul is far from his best
After having a perfect game in the closeout game of the first round, Chris Paul’s numbers have plummeted in this series against the Mavs. Out of six games played, it was only in Game 2 where Paul was sensational and closed the game through his fourth-quarter heroics. Other than that, Chris Paul looks exhausted or lost at some critical junctures of the game, such as his horrific Game 4 performance.
It is uncharacteristic for Paul to be a non-impact even with his passing or defense, so the Mavs must heavily pounce on this advantage if the Suns will rely a ton on Devin Booker in Game 7. Chris Paul has encountered a slew of painful playoff losses throughout his career, but these past few weeks have been ironic in his tenure with the Suns. With this abysmal track record, there is a chance for either Spencer Dinwiddie or Jalen Brunson to outscore him in Game 7 which would be a huge plus for coach Jason Kidd.
3-point shooting will be the difference maker
Kidd’s approach and schemes rely on Luka Doncic’s tremendous slashing and passing prowess, which unlocks role players like Reggie Bullock, Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Maxi Kleber. These four individuals could easily convert more than five threes in a single game because of Doncic’s creativity and pinpoint passes.
When Dallas starts making it rain similar to Game 4 and Game 6, the Suns surprisingly get rattled and discombobulated because the lead grows to double-digits. When the shooting clicks for the rest of the roster, it opens up Doncic to create shots for himself as well because defenses hesitate on throwing too much help on him.
The mentality and mindset start with Doncic because the team thrives through his production from the onset of the game. There is no doubt that this is an insurmountable task for the Mavs in beating the Suns on their home floor in a Game 7, but having a generational and special talent Doncic can be more than enough in shocking the NBA world and toppling the favorites of winning the West again this year.