The Dallas Mavericks are back in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2011 and for the fifth time in franchise history. Few expected them to be here, and the team is relaxed entering the series. During Tuesday’s media availability, superstar Luka Doncic said he is “living his best life” as the Mavs prepare to face the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors have homecourt and a massive experience edge, but Dallas could care less. They believe they can defeat the Dubs and advance to the NBA Finals. The Mavericks are going to fight and have confidence until the bitter end.
Fans will not want to miss a second of the action. This series is Stephen Curry versus Luka Doncic with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line, so here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more on Game 1.
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors Western Conference Finals Game 1: How to watch
Start time: 8:00 p.m. CT or 9:00 p.m. ET
How to watch: TNT (national)
Watch online: TNT online
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors Western Conference Finals Game 1 injury report
Tim Hardaway Jr. remains out for the Mavericks as he recovers from foot surgery. He is still multiple weeks away from returning, but THJ continues to make progress in his recovery.
The Warriors ruled out Andre Iguodala (neck), Gary Payton II (elbow), and James Wiseman (knee) for Wednesday’s Game 1. They are the only three players listed on their official injury report.
Fans should be sure to check social media just before tipoff to catch any late-breaking information.
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors Western Conference Finals Game 1 odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the Mavericks are 5.0-point underdogs heading into Game 1. They sit at plus-180 on the moneyline and the over/under for the contest is 214.0.
WynnBet has all the player props fans are searching for as well. Think Luka Doncic secures double-digit rebounds as the Warriors go small? The over on 9.5 rebounds for the Mavericks star is set at minus-130 heading into Game 1.
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors Western Conference Finals Game 1 predictions
Luka Doncic goes nuclear in Game 1, but the Mavericks drop the opener for the third straight series. Dallas will still be feeling out the Warriors, and head coach Jason Kidd will be ready with adjustments for Game 2. Expect Luka to go for a 40-point double-double, but Dallas fails to cover the spread as the contest goes over 214.
The Mavs are going to win this series. They deserve to be favored, and they are playing the better basketball right now. Yes, the Warriors have won three championships, but Dallas is the better team.
Be sure to tune in and enjoy Game 1. Expect Stephen Curry to get hot at the Chase Center as he goes for 35 in the win. Dallas will have an answer for the former MVP in Game 2, but Golden State gets the first laugh in San Francisco on May 18.