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What to expect from Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 versus Phoenix Suns

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Devin Booker / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

What to expect from Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 vs. Suns: 2. Defense

The Mavs have reached another level this season by improving their defense under first-year head coach Jason Kidd. Dallas vaulted into the top ten in defensive rating during the regular season, and they have transferred it over to the postseason.

Phoenix is averaging 120 points per game at home during this series and just 93.7 on the road, including having their two lowest-scoring games of the season in the last four. The Mavericks have shut down Chris Paul for four straight games by forcing him to defend on the other end of the floor, and they found a path to defending Devin Booker in Game 6. The three-time All-Star struggled from the field as Dallas blitzed and made him uncomfortable.

Dallas needs to be aggressive on the defensive end of the floor and force tough shots on Sunday evening. The Suns are going to play better at home. They are arguably the best team in the NBA, and Phoenix is determined to win the championship.

Expect the Suns to make shots in Game 7, but the Mavericks need to bring their defense to the Footprint Center. If they force tough shots and turnovers, Dallas will win and advance to the Western Conference Finals.