The Dallas Mavericks were dominated by the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 to give the reigning Western Conference champions a 3-2 edge in the series. It has been a roller coaster of a series where every game has been won by the home team. Luka Doncic and the Mavs need to win on Thursday night to keep their season alive, and it will take two straight victories, including Game 7 in Phoenix, for Dallas to advance.
It was on the Suns to adjust in Game 5 after losing two straight in Dallas, and Coach of the Year Monty Williams answered the challenge. He altered the rotation, had his team stay home on shooters, and got the Mavericks out of their rhythm to take the advantage in the series.
It will shift to head coach Jason Kidd and the Mavs to adjust in Game 6. Fans know the American Airlines Center crowd will be rocking on Thursday night, but how can the home team pick up a win?
5 adjustments Dallas Mavericks need to make in Game 6 vs. Suns
The Mavs need to up their defense in Game 6. They allowed just 97.5 points per game during the first two contests in Dallas in this series, and the Mavericks must lock in on that end of the floor if they want to win. Expect Luka Doncic to be a bit more aggressive when defending pick and rolls, and for the team to mix up their coverages throughout Game 6.
The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to make some slight adjustments on May 12, and here are five that must happen if they want to win and force a Game 7.