Key to Dallas Mavericks defeating Suns in 2022 NBA Playoffs: 3. Making 3s
The Mavs are going live and die by their outside shooting. They attempted 37.4 per game during the regular season, which was the seventh most in the NBA, and it rose to a league-leading 41.8 a night against Utah if their first-round playoff series.
Dallas is going to space the floor and let Luka attack. If the Suns want to send two at the 23-year-old superstar, he will find an open shooter. The 3-point attempts are not slowing down, but can the Mavericks make them at a high clip? They shot 37.1 percent in the first round and will likely need to improve slightly to pull the upset over the Suns.
Dallas will have a significant edge in 3-point shooting in this series. The Suns attempted just 27.2 threes per game during their first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans, which was down from their 31.9 a night during the regular season. The Mavs need to make more and grab a significant edge in outside shooting.
Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will get plenty of open looks during the series, but will they make enough to pull the upset over the Phoenix Suns?