The Dallas Mavericks dominated the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference Finals behind a 35-point double-double from superstar Luka Doncic without playing one second in the fourth quarter. Doncic and the Mavs threw the first punch and delivered the knockout blow in the second quarter as they outscored Phoenix 30 to ten. The Suns never led and had their two lowest-scoring games of the season in Games 6 and 7.
Dallas advances to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. The Dubs have homecourt and the experience edge after making five straight NBA Finals and winning three championships from 2015 to 2019.
Golden State has been there before, but that does not mean anything to the Mavericks. Dallas just defeated the reigning Western Conference champions and the team with the best record in the NBA this season. They are riding high going into the West Finals.
Why Dallas Mavericks should be favored over Warriors entering Western Conference Finals
The Mavericks had the second-best mark in the league since the calendar flipped to 2022, and the only team better was the Suns. Golden State finished the regular season with one more win than Dallas, but the Mavs had a 9.5 game edge since Jan. 1.
Yes, the Warriors have future Hall of Famers Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. They are an elite team with the potential to win their fourth NBA title in eight years, but the Dallas Mavericks should enter their Western Conference Finals series as favorites, and here is a look at why.