Adjustment to look for in Game 2 of Dallas Mavericks vs. Jazz: 3. Slow down Bogi
The Mavs defense was stout in Game 1. They can live with Donovan Mitchell going off for 32 points, especially when it took him 29 field goal attempts to get there. Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock forced the three-time All-Star into difficult shots, and a hot run in the third quarter accounted for most of his scoring.
It was Bojan Bogdanovic going off for 26 points on 11 of 20 shooting in 40 minutes of action that sunk the Mavericks in Game 1. Dallas mixed the matchups on the 6’7 forward with Reggie Bullock guarding him most, according to NBA Stats. Dorian Finney-Smith had the most success against Bogi, but he will likely still draw the primary assignment on Mitchell.
Dallas needs to keep Bogdanovic out of the paint and force him into more difficult looks in Game 2. He had 20 points in the opening half of the series opener, but just six on three of nine shooting over the final 24 minutes. The Mavericks adjusted to stop him, but it was too late in Game 1. Can they slow him down entirely in Game 2?
Rudy Gobert and Royce O’Neale are not going to be massive factors in the offense. The Jazz are going to rely on Mitchell, Bogdanovic, Mike Conley, and Jordan Clarkson to do the majority of the scoring. Dallas can keep the three guards in check, but they need to make sure Bogdanovic does not get going in Game 2.