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A rejuvenated champion will square off with a formidable Cinderella when the Golden State Warriors host the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Coverage on TNT will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET from Chase Center.
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The third-seeded Warriors outlasted the sixth-seeded Denver Nuggets and the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in six games in the first and second rounds respectively. The fourth-seeded Mavericks edged the fifth-seeded Utah Jazz in six games before stunning the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in seven games in the second round.
The Warriors are favored by five points vs. the visiting Mavericks who wrapped up their second round matchup on Sunday. The Warriors are 2-6 vs. the spread in their last eight games. Meanwhile, in the Mavs’ last five contests, they’re 4-1 against the spread.
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During the 2010s, the Warriors captured the most championships (three) and made the most trips to the NBA Finals (five). However, the departure of future Hall of Fame member Kevin Durant and injuries to superstars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson saw the Warriors regress in recent years.
Those down years feel like a distant memory now, as the Warriors are healthy and retooled, sitting four victories from a return to the league’s brightest stage. In addition to the original core trio of Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green, the Warriors have replenished the roster with key assets such as Jordan Poole (19.3 points, 4.8 assists) and Andrew Wiggins (14.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 blocks).
In postseason play, Curry is averaging 26.9 points, 5.6 assists and 1.1 steals. Thompson, in his first playoff appearance since the 2019 NBA Finals, is averaging 20.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.2 steals. Green is filling the stat sheet with 7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.2 blocks.
It’s been a magical postseason for the Mavericks, who hadn’t won a playoff series since upsetting the Miami Heat’s Big 3 in the 2011 NBA Finals. Jason Kidd was a member of that roster and is now the head coach.
During Sunday’s eye-opening rout, the Mavericks led by as many as 40 points vs. a Suns squad with the best record in the NBA. Superstar Luka Doncic (31.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.9 steals) continues to cement himself as one of the most premier postseason performers. Jalen Brunson (22.9 points) has been one of the biggest revelations of the playoffs.
The total has gone OVER in 12 of the last 16 contests between the Warriors and Mavericks. With the amount set for 214.5 points, it seems reasonable to take the OVER given the recent matchup history and the postseason offensive ratings (Mavericks 114.5, Warriors 114.3).
During the playoffs, the Warriors are 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS at home, while the Mavericks are 3-4 SU on the road. Count on the Warriors to improve their figures in those categories and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.