Thing Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 3 over Jazz: 5. Rebound
The Mavs have been dominated on the boards in each of the first two games as Utah outrebounded them by 19 in each contest. The Jazz have secured 16 more offensive rebounds in the two games combined.
Rudy Gobert has 34 rebounds in the series as Utah’s big man keeps making Dallas pay for going small. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year led the league in rebounding this season, and he is going to continue to be a problem on the glass.
The rebounding disparity for the series looks lopsided on paper, but the Mavericks held their own as they dominated the scoreboard in the second half of Game 2 to knot the series. Over that 24 minutes, Utah grabbed just four more rebounds, and the Mavericks had a 17 to 16 edge in defensive rebounding.
The return of Luka Doncic will be a massive boost to Dallas in rebounding, and the Mavericks need to hold their own on the glass. Dallas does not need to outrebound Utah to win because they have advantages in other areas, but they do need to keep things close and try to eliminate extra possessions for the Jazz, especially on Utah’s home floor. The rebounding battle is something to watch closely in Game 3.