What Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 7 over Suns: 1. 3s and turnovers
The Mavs committed the third-fewest turnovers in the NBA during the regular season, and they finished eighth in 3-point attempts. Head coach Jason Kidd’s team has refined its formula for success in the playoffs. They defeated the Utah Jazz by holding a significant 3-point shooting edge and winning the turnover battle, and the recipe has carried over against the Phoenix Suns in the games in Dallas.
The Mavericks have committed just 8.3 turnovers per game at home, but it jumps to 12.7 in Phoenix. They cannot afford to turn the ball over in Game 7. It leads to easy points for the Suns and gets the crowd on their feet. Dallas has played strong defense in the halfcourt for four straight games, but things melted down in the third quarter of Game 5 as the Mavs turned the ball over 12 times in the period.
Dallas needs to sink jumpers in Game 7. Luka Doncic will create plenty of open looks, and the Mavericks must connect on those shots. They have shot 40.2 percent from 3-point range at home in this series, but it drops to 36.6 percent with 3.4 fewer attempts per game in Phoenix. They need to take and make those shots if they want to pull the upset in Game 7.
The Dallas Mavericks believe they are going to win in Phoenix. They will need strong defense, aggression, and to win the 3-point and turnover battles to pull the upset along with Luka Doncic being the best player on the court. Expect a wild game with plenty of excitement that fans will not want to miss.