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The Western Conference Finals will pick back up on Friday night for Game 2 when the visiting Dallas Mavericks clash with the Golden State Warriors. Coverage on TNT will begin at 9 p.m. ET from Chase Center.
The Warriors cruised to a 112-87 victory vs. the Mavericks in Game 1. Golden State led by as many as 30 points and collected eight steals and seven blocks.
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Warriors superstar Stephen Curry scored 21 points and had a game-high 12 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole each added 19 points apiece for the Warriors. Warriors superstar Klay Thompson shook off a slow first half to score all 15 of his points in the second half.
All five starters for the Warriors scored in double digits and they had seven players total with at least 10 points.
The Warriors roughed up Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic, who finished with 20 points on an inefficient 6 for 18 shooting along with seven turnovers. Doncic entered averaging 31.5 points per game in the postseason. Wiggins scratched Doncic across his face early in the first quarter. Doncic also played through some discomfort to his right shoulder, which has previously been taped during the playoffs.
Spencer Dinwiddie produced 17 points and three 3-pointers off the bench for the Mavericks. Postseason revelation Jalen Brunson scored just 14 points on 6 of 16 shooting. Brunson entered the contest averaging 22.9 points in the playoffs for the Mavericks.
The Warriors are favored by 6.5 points vs. the Mavericks in Game 2. This is slightly higher than the point total the Warriors were favored by over the Mavericks in Game 1. The total has gone UNDER in four of the last six Warriors games and five of the last six Mavericks games.
After the combined 199 points in Game 1, the over/under is set for 213 points in Game 2. Doncic is unlikely to shoot as poorly again and Thompson should get off to a more productive offense start. Additionally, the Mavericks only made 11 of their open or wide open three-pointers, according to StatMuse. As a result, the OVER seems reasonable in Game 2 after the UNDER was achieved in Game 1.
During the playoffs, the Warriors are 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS at home, while the Mavericks are 3-5 SU on the road. The Warriors are averaging 116.6 points, 49.5 overall field goal percentage, and 40 percent three-point percentage in their home postseason contests. The Mavericks are averaging 104.5 points and 45.2 overall field goal percentage in their road playoff games.
This is the first playoff matchup between the teams since the eighth-seeded “We Believe” Warriors stunned the first-seeded Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 NBA Playoffs.
The Mavericks are 9-4 in their last 13 games against the spread and 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 games vs. the Warriors. The Warriors meanwhile are 3-6 against the spread in their last nine contests.
The Mavericks will respond with a more collective effort to cover the spread but the Warriors will take the SU edge and a commanding 2-0 lead.
Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.