Key for Dallas Mavericks vs. Warriors in West Finals: 4. 3-point shooting
So far this postseason, the Mavs are leading the league in threes attempted at 40.3 per game with Golden State checking in third by taking 37.9. Both teams prefer to play small, stretch the floor, and create open shots. The series will likely be won by the team that makes more threes.
The Mavericks are shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range in the playoffs as their role players have stepped up. Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Davis Bertans, and Spencer Dinwiddie are all shooting over 40 percent from long range this postseason with Reggie Bullock making 38.9 percent.
Golden State is not far behind as they have connected on 37.6 percent in their first two playoff series this year. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are two of the best shooters of all time with Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole both hitting over 39 percent from deep in the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
Expect both teams to try to run the opposition off the 3-point line and contest every attempt because the team that shoots better from long range in this series is likely headed to the NBA Finals to face either the Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat.