The Dallas Mavericks are facing a must-win on Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors. Dallas fell behind 3-0 in the series before coming back to win Game 4 in a dominant turned too close for comfort victory. Dallas led by 29 after three quarters, but a massive run by the Dubs in the fourth prevented Luka Doncic and the rest of the Mavs starters from getting some extra rest.
The series shifts back to San Francisco for Game 5 where the Warriors have not lost this postseason. Can Dallas keep their season alive? Will they make it 3-2 and force another game at the American Airlines Center? The Mavericks believe they can win, but getting a victory at the Chase Center is easier said than done.
What does Dallas have to do to win Game 5 with the Warriors eager to deliver the knockout blow? Expect to see the Dubs motion offense in full swing, and Golden State pushing the ball up the floor in hopes of creating some open looks in transition. How can Dallas pull the upset?
What will it take for Dallas Mavericks to win Game 5 over Warriors?
The Mavs are going to have to stay aggressive if they want to force a Game 6. Golden State’s zone defense has been successful in this series, and they will use it plenty on Thursday night. Dallas had counters in Game 4 as they must continue to get into the middle of the floor to create open looks.
It will not be easy winning in San Francisco, but here are three things the Dallas Mavericks must do if they want to force a Game 6 back in Texas.