Thing Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 6 over Jazz: 4. Sink open shots
For the series, the Mavericks are attempting 23.8 wide open shots per game, which is the highest percentage of attempts in the playoffs. It includes a league-high 21.6 wide-open 3-pointers each night, which Dallas is hitting at 39.8 percent.
Utah is going to concede open looks, especially from 3-point range. They will be more concerned about protecting the rim and trying to keep Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson out of the paint. If the Mavs turn those attempts into makes, they will win Game 6 and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
Dallas did not shoot well in Game 5, despite blowing out the Jazz. They were 12 of 43 from three, but Utah was an abysmal three of 30. The Mavericks need to make more threes than the Jazz, and Utah is going to shoot better on their home floor in a must-win game.
Head coach Jason Kidd added a few new wrinkles in Game 5 to spring Luka getting to the rim, including throwing some Spain pick and roll at the Jazz. Will the Hall of Fame point guard sprinkle in something else that allows Doncic to create more open looks for the Mavericks? It is something worth watching.