Thing Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 3 over Jazz: 4. Limit turnovers
The Mavs turned the ball over just 12.5 times per game during the regular season, which ranked third in the NBA, and the Jazz ranked 29th by creating just 12.0 turnovers per game. Dallas knew it would be a significant advantage entering the series, and the Mavericks have turned the ball over just ten times in the first two games combined.
Luka Doncic could return in Game 3, but it is no certainty. He will go through pregame warmups before making the final decision on his status. The 23-year-old superstar wants to play, but nobody wants to risk making his injury worse.
After 11 days on the sidelines, Luka may be a bit rusty, and the Mavericks cannot afford to turn the ball over in Utah. Expect Jalen Brunson to handle more of the ball-handling duties as the 23-year-old gets comfortable early in the game.
Whether it is Doncic or Brunson leading the offense, they should be able to continue to get into the paint and make plays. The Jazz struggle to defend on the perimeter, and it is not a weakness they are going to be able to cover up in this series. Dallas cannot afford to turn the ball over if they plan on pulling the road upset in Game 3.