The Dallas Mavericks used arguably their best defensive performance of the season to win Game 3 over Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Superstar Luka Doncic narrowly missed a 26-point triple-double, and he got plenty of help from his teammates. It was an impressive performance that got the Mavs back in the series.
Dallas is facing a must-win on Sunday afternoon. They cannot afford to go down 3-1 to the defending Western Conference champions, and the Suns will be hungry to prove that Game 3 was a fluke. Can the Mavericks protect their home floor and even the series?
Expect a feisty contest on Sunday afternoon that is in primetime for the European audience, which usually means a massive performance from Luka Doncic. Fans won’t want to miss the show, so here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more.
Start time: 2:30 p.m. CT or 3:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN (national)
Watch online: Watch ESPN
Dallas will be without Tim Hardaway Jr. as he recovers from foot surgery, but he is the only Maverick listed on the NBA’s official injury report.
Dario Saric remains out for the Suns as he recovers from ACL surgery, and Torrey Craig is doubtful to play in Game 4 with an elbow contusion. Craig popped up late on the injury report before missing Friday’s contest with the injury.
Be sure to check social media just before tipoff for any late-breaking news that drops.
According to WynnBet, the Mavericks are 2.0-point underdogs heading into Game 4 as they sit at plus-112 on the moneyline. The game’s over/under is 215.0.
WynnBet has all the prop bets too. Think Luka Doncic can dish out at least nine dimes on Sunday afternoon? The odds are set at plus-100. The safest bet on the board is Doncic to grab over 9.5 rebounds at minus-135.
Luka Doncic comes out firing on Sunday afternoon on his way to a 40-point double-double. The 23-year-old superstar grabs 12 rebounds, but only produces eight assists to keep him from his fourth career playoff triple-double. It is a headlining performance, but the Suns pull off a fourth-quarter comeback to grab the win on May 8.
Expect Phoenix to cover the spread as the game goes over 215 points. Chris Paul and Devin Booker both find their rhythm on Sunday afternoon as the duo combines for 47 points in a victory. Dallas held the Suns’ star duo to 30 points in Game 3, and how much they score on Sunday could be the difference.
Fans should expect a down to the wire contest on May 8 as both teams know what is on the line. The Dallas Mavericks must win to keep their chances of advancing to the Western Conference Finals alive, and the Suns know a victory puts them on the brink of taking another series. There will be plenty of intensity, and fans won’t want to miss it.