The Dallas Mavericks will battle the Phoenix Suns in a Game 7 on May 15 to decide their Western Conference semifinal series. The home team has won each of the first six contests, and fans are always in for a treat when a series reaches the decisive game. Who has the edge on Sunday evening?
Luka Doncic and the Mavericks lost a Game 7 in their first-round series against the LA Clippers last year. Chris Paul has won just three of the seven Game 7s in his career, including losing the last three. Other than Jae Crowder, who has two under his belt, the rest of the Suns' rotation has no Game 7 experience to speak of in their NBA careers. Phoenix has the home-court edge, but Dallas takes the experience advantage.
All the pressure is on the reigning Western Conference champions. Nobody expected the Mavericks to win this a series coming in or when they fell behind 2-0 or 3-2. Luka and the Mavs believe they can win, but the Suns are heavy favorites. What will happen in Game 7?
What to expect from Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 versus Phoenix Suns
The team that takes care of the ball is going to win on Sunday evening and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Both teams finished in the top seven in fewest turnovers per game during the regular season, and fans have seen the turnovers be a deciding factor in this series. The Mavericks forced 22 in Game 6 as they ran away with the victory, but can they win the turnover battle in Phoenix?
Since 2018, the road team has won five of ten Game 7s when excluding the contests inside the Orlando bubble. Of those ten plus the four bubble games, 11 of the 14 have been decided by single digits. Game 7s tend to be lower scoring and have plenty of nervous moments for fans.
What should fans expect from the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of their West semifinal series versus the top-seeded Suns?