Thing that will decide Dallas Mavericks Game 4 vs. Suns: 2. Turnovers
The Mavs had the third-fewest turnovers in the league during the regular season, and Phoenix finished seventh in that category. Both teams take care of the ball, but the Suns want to make the opposition pay for turning it over. They scored 20 points per game in transition during the regular season, and they are never afraid to throw the ball ahead in hopes of creating an open shot.
Dallas had just eight turnovers in Game 3, and they forced the Suns into 17. Chris Paul uncharacteristically had seven turnovers, which tied for his most in a game this season. Winning the turnover battle by nine was massive for the Mavericks on Friday night.
Luka Doncic had a handful of early turnovers in the first two games that allowed the Suns to build a lead. Dallas flipped the script by forcing CP3 to commit those early mistakes and capitalizing on them.
The turnover battle will be something to watch closely. If Luka and company are giving the ball away, the Suns will make them pay in transition. Chris Paul will not have seven turnovers in Game 4, but whichever team turns the ball over more is likely to lose on Sunday afternoon.