Key for Dallas Mavericks vs. Warriors in West Finals: 3. Turnovers
The Mavs have been one of the best teams in the NBA this season at taking care of the ball. They committed the third-fewest turnovers per game during the regular season, and Dallas dropped that number to just 10.3 a night in the playoffs. The Mavericks have won with defense and Luka Doncic in the first two rounds, and it is hard to defend in transition.
Golden State committed 14.9 turnovers per game during the regular season, which ranked 29th in the NBA, and they average 15.8 a night in the playoffs. The Mavericks will be looking to capitalize in this series. They are going to hunt easy baskets off mistakes as winning the turnover battle has been a key ingredient in their postseason recipe for success.
Draymond Green acknowledged that the Warriors are circling turnovers as a key to this series on his podcast.
"That (Dallas) is a really good team. It’s going to be a tough matchup for us. I think one thing we know we have to do is get our turnovers down. Those guys will feed off of turnovers, and that is something, moving forward, that we need to correct."
The Dallas Mavericks need to win the turnover battle in this series if they want to advance. They must take care of the ball and create miscues on the other end. When the Mavs create a turnover, they need to get out in transition and make the Warriors pay for their mistake.