The Suns, who played the Pelicans in a 6 games series in the first round and won the series 4-2 are up against the Mavericks who similarly had a 6 games series against the Utah Jazz and finished the series 4-2 as well. The Suns finished the regular season as the 1st seed while the Mavericks finished as the 4th seed.
The match starts at 10:00 p.m. ET on Monday, 2 May 2022. The game time by GMT is 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3. The match venue is Footprint Center, Phoenix, AZ.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks (May 2) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks latest odds on betting sites
The Phoenix Suns money line odds are priced at 1.43 (-230 American; 10/23 Fractional), while the Dallas Mavericks money line odds are priced at 2.95 (+195; 39/20). This equals approximate probabilities of 69% against 31% respectively.
- Over 214.5 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Under 214.5 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Phoenix Suns -5.5: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Dallas Mavericks +5.5: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks match preview and statistics
The Suns, who lost Devin Booker to injury in game 2 of their first-round matchup with the Pelicans survived the upset due to other players stepping up big, especially in the offensive ends to ensure they progressed to the second round. The Suns are trying to win a ring before their starting point guard retires from the NBA. They came close last season and bounced back well, finishing this regular season with the best record in their franchise history, 64 wins and 18 losses.
In game 6 against the Pelicans, Chris Paul led the team in scoring with 33 points, he was perfect from the field 14 of 14 and he added 8 assists and got 5 rebounds.
Deandre Ayton followed up with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists while Mikal Bridges dropped 18 points and 2 steals.
Team statistics: 45/75 (60.0%) field goals, 8/20 (40.0%) 3 pointers, 17/18 (94.4%) free throws, 23 assists, 32 total rebounds, 2 blocks, 8 steals, 14 turnovers, 21 fouls.
Phoenix Suns team news: Dario Saric is ruled out for the match.
The Mavericks who lost Khris Middleton to an MCL sprain in game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against the Bulls had to make adjustments to fill in for their injured star who’s the second-best scorer in the team. His absence required the other players like Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis to step up. The Bucks proceeded to win the next 3 games without Khris Middleton, closing out the series 4-1.
In Game 6 against the Jazz, Luka Doncic led the team with 24 points,9 rebounds and 8 assists while Jalen Brunson also dropped 24 points and got 3 rebounds.
Dorian Finney-Smith followed with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
Team statistics: 36/80 (45.0%) field goals, 17/43 (39.5%) 3 pointers, 9/11 (81.8%) free throws, 22 assists, 37 total rebounds, 6 steals, 4 blocks, 9 turnovers, 19 fouls.
Dallas Mavericks team news: Tim Hardaway Jr is ruled out for the match.
Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks H2H
The Suns are on a 9 game win streak against the Mavericks as the Mavericks have not won a game against the Suns since November 2019.
Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks lineups and key players
Phoenix Suns projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Chris Paul
- Shooting guard: Devin Booker
- Small forward: Mikal Bridges
- Power forward: Jae Crowder
- Center: Deandre Ayton
Chris Paul is the key player to watch out for. In the first round against the Pelicans, he averaged 22.3 points and 11.3 assists. He shook off a bad game 4 performance to take over in games 5 and 6 and make sure the Suns progressed to the second round.
Dallas Mavericks projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Luka Doncic
- Shooting guard: Jalen Brunson
- Small forward: Reggie Bullock
- Power forward: Dorian Finney-Smith
- Center: Dwight Powell
Luka Doncic is the key player to watch out for. He was out for the first 3 games against the Utah Jazz but on his return, he averaged 29 points and 5.7 assists in 3 games. He will be needed to deliver big for the Mavericks to stand a chance against the Suns.
Phoenix Suns vs Dallas Mavericks predictions and betting tips
This is a matchup that might go as far as game 6 or 7. The Suns are naturally the favourites to win the series, they finished the regular season top of the Western conference and they made it to the finals last season only to fall short to the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Bucks team. The Suns have a better playoff experience and squad depth to make it to the conference finals meanwhile the Mavericks under the tutelage of Jason Kidd, are progressing to the second round for the first time since winning the NBA Championship in 2011.
For the Mavericks to take Game 1, Luka Doncic needs to have a big game and Jalen Brunson needs to continue his fine postseason run. The Suns have Deandre Ayton as their starting center and this is a different challenge for the Mavericks, who have been playing small this postseason. Compared to Rudy Gobert who they faced in the first round, he’s a more aggressive player and he’d look to dominate the paint while Chris Paul continues his fine form and Devin Booker returns to the lineup fully and lights up in time for game 1, the Suns have multiple scoring options and I see them taking game 1 against the Mavericks. Predictions for this game are the Phoenix Suns to win and over 214.5 points.
Betting prediction: Phoenix Suns to win
Odds: 1.43 (-230 American; 10/23 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 214.5 points
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)