The Dallas Mavericks sent the top-seeded Phoenix Suns packing with a dominant Game 7 win behind a cold-blooded 35-point double-double from Luka Doncic. The game was never in doubt as Dallas led wire-to-wire in an incredible performance that fans will never forget.
The Mavericks advanced to play the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. The Dubs are looking for their fourth title and sixth NBA Finals appearance in the last eight years as Davis Bertans is the only player on the Mavs roster that has previously played in the conference finals.
Golden State has a massive edge in experience, but Dallas does not care. They believe they can defeat every team right now as they have produced the second-best record in the league since the calendar flipped to 2022. The Mavericks won three of the four regular-season meetings, but that means nothing now, so here is a look at what will decide the series.
5 keys for Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden Star Warriors in Western Conference Finals
There will be plenty of adjustments to make throughout this series, including when both teams decide to play small versus using their more traditional big man. Will Golden State attempt to attack the early minutes in the first and third quarters when the Mavs play Dwight Powell? Can Dallas play Kevon Looney off the floor? Using big men versus going small is one of the many things to watch in this series.
The Mavericks used a math edge to defeat Utah and Phoenix by shooting more 3-pointers, forcing more turnovers, and slowing things down. Golden State plays counter to that style, which makes this matchup so interesting. Here are five keys for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2022 Western Conference Finals.