Thing Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 6 over Jazz: 5. Limit fouls and turnovers
The Mavs lost Game 4 in Utah after committing 11 turnovers and 29 personal fouls. Dallas lost the turnover battle for the first and only time so far in the series, and they sent the Jazz to the line for 42 free throw attempts. Rudy Gobert alone took 18 free throws in Game 4, and the Mavericks attempted 23 total.
Foul trouble completely took Maxi Kleber out of Game 4. He picked up his sixth with over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, and the 6’10 forward was limited to just 18 minutes in the contest. His absence forced the Mavericks to close the contest with Dwight Powell on the floor and limited their spacing.
Despite all the mistakes, Dallas held a four-point edge with 39 seconds remaining and lost by just one. The Mavericks took the final shot as time expired, but Spencer Dinwiddie could not sink the game-winner.
The Dallas Mavericks are the better team in this series, and they do not want it to go to Game 7, so they need to limit mistakes on Thursday night. Dallas must defend without fouling, limit turnovers, and stick to the game plan to finish the series in 6.