Thing Dallas Mavericks must do to win Game 6 over Jazz: 3. Rebound
Utah’s biggest edge in the series has been on the glass. Rudy Gobert led the league in rebounds per game during the regular season, and the Mavericks were without their best rebounder for the first three games of the series. Dallas has been playing small, and the Jazz have taken advantage on the glass in this series.
The Mavs flipped the rebounding for the first time in the series in Game 5. They had a 49 to 40 edge in the blowout win, including 38 to 33 in defensive boards. Dallas cannot give the Jazz second chance opportunities on their home floor, so they need to grab every defensive board.
Utah is going to come out with some extra energy on their home floor in an elimination game. The Jazz hear all the chatter about their underperformance in the playoffs, and they know it is a must-win game. Expect rebounding to be a key point in their game plan on Thursday night. The Jazz need second-chance points and to win the rebounding battle if they want to have a chance.
The Dallas Mavericks must be active and aggressive on the glass. Luka Doncic grabbed 13 boards in Game 5, and his team needs another dozen-plus in Game 6 to limit Utah’s rebounding edge and propel the Mavs to victory.