5 things that will decide Dallas Mavericks Game 4 versus Phoenix Suns

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks lost the first two games of their Western Conference semifinal series to the Phoenix Suns, but they punched back at the American Airlines Center on Friday night. They upped the aggression on both ends of the floor and found a way to limit the Suns' dynamic duo of Chris Paul and Devin Booker. Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic narrowly missed a triple-double as his squad used a stellar team-effort to knock off the top-seeded Suns.

Dallas has no margin for error coming into Game 4. They must win if they want to keep their hopes alive of advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the fifth time in franchise history, but it won’t be easy. The Suns lost two straight games just four times this season, and they are a team on a mission to win the championship.

The Mavericks proved they can defeat Phoenix on Friday night, but they will need to keep outplaying the more talented Suns to win this series. Game 4 is a pivotal contest, and it will be decided based on who performs better in these key areas.

5 things that will decide Game 4 of Dallas Mavericks versus Phoenix Suns

The Suns are a deep team that gets contributions up and down their lineup, so the Mavs need to match that again if they want to have a chance. Dallas had five players score at least 14 points in Game 3, and they must have that same balance on Sunday afternoon. The only player that did not get going was Spencer Dinwiddie, who has struggled this postseason.

The Mavericks can only afford to have one of their top six not in double-figures if they want to win Game 4. These five things will also decide the contest and potentially the series on May 8.