Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry
Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic, right, is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in San Francisco, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


Kyle Barrette

The Celtics definitely answered the bell in game two, smashing the Heat. It looked like it was going to be a long night for Boston, and before the first quarter had ended, Boston had erased a 10 point deficit and created a lead of their own. Moving onto game two of the Mavs series, can the Mavs make the same type of adjustments that the Celtics made in their series to tie it up? 

One of the fundamental rules in sports betting is to typically throw out the last game and look at the matchup that way. Now if you are reading this and are like “yea right”, chances are you are not a winning betor. So, looking at game one of both series, you can see this playing out perfectly. The Mavs had just blown out the Suns and won two in a row, and what happens when everyone’s favorite team is in this series and the Mavs get punched in the mouth? Following the same rule of thumb here, Dallas now knows what they need to fix and knows they don’t want to be headed back home down 0-2.

This is a team that sticks to what they know and do best. No outcome is going to make them have any major adjustments. Seeing how well game one went for them, they are certainly going to stick with the same strategy until it’s proven that they need to adjust. The passing is what opened up so many shots for the Warriors in game one. It was like the whole team was in double figures for points. Rebounds were huge as the Warriors were +16 on the glass. 

Mavericks vs Warriors pick: Mavs +6.5
Look, I think the Mavs come in with a solid game plan in a game that they know they need to win. The Mavs really can’t shoot any worse than the 36% they showed in game one and only 23% from three. Also, I don’t think they can allow the Warriors to shoot 56% again. I am not sure if they do win, but I think they get the cover in a lot closer of a game.

Same Game Parlay:
Mavericks +6.5, Luka Doncic First Basket, Doncic Over 7.5 assists, Doncic to score 30+ pts, Draymond green to record 10+ rebounds and Finney-Smith Over 10.5 Pts.

SGP Odds +10600

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