DAL vs UTA Dream11: The Western Conference Playoffs have been intriguing. Two teams seeded seventh and eighth have tied their series versus the top-two ranked squads and although those squads have home-court advantage the bottom feeders have shown their strength. And then there is another tied series, in this game the Dallas Mavericks will host the Utah Jazz, tied at two each.
The Jazz bounced back with another close shave as they beat the Doncic-led Mavericks 100:99. This win will bolster the Jazz squad that looked down-and-out in Games 2 and 3. As the series heads back to the Mavericks’ floor, we are in a best of three scenario as the boosted Jazz will look to eke another one out away from home.
Host: Dallas Mavericks
Visitors: Utah Jazz
Match Timing: 26 April, @ 07:00 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: American Airlines Center
The Mavericks showed a lot of finesse in Games 2 and 3 but the Jazz rolled back into the series finally being able to close a game and 22-18 fourth quarter sealed the deal for them. Perhaps the return of Doncic, who did drop 30 points, took some air out of Brunson’s game who had scored 41 and 31 in Games 2 & 3. This will be an interesting scenario as to how the Mavs make adjustments to the Doncic’s return.
In Game 4, the Jazz collected 13 offensive rebounds and committed just eight turnovers which gave them two more field goal attempts than the Mavericks. The Jazz also had 44 trips to the free-throw line, but only converted 26 of them as Gobert shot 9 of 18 from the line. The Mavericks had another strong three-point game, as they clicked on 15 triples compared to ten by the Jazz.
Jordan Clarkson’s 25 points night was a huge difference-maker as he single-handedly outscored the Mavericks bench. Mitchell continued to struggle from the three-point line but the Jazz got it done on the defensive end limiting the Mavericks to around 43% from the field, although the elite Mavs defense also restricted Jazz to 40.5% but as said above, the rebounding battle pulled them through.
With Doncic’s return, he becomes the favorite to be rostered in the fantasy lineups. He had a strong game, shot an efficient percentage but the rest of the unit was unable to pull through. Dinwiddie’s value is likely to drop with Doncic’s return while Brunson’s production has also been affected but he remains a strong pick nonetheless. Finney-Smith and Bullock still make for amazing filler players.
Although he has struggled, Donovan Mitchell remains the hot favorite from the Jazz’s side. Rudy Gobert poured in a bunch of fantasy points in the last game while Jordan Clarkson improved his metrics through a strong performance. Bojan Bogdanovic had a so-so night but he is still a strong option considering he has scored 20+ in three of the four games.
Highest scorer(if Mitchell plays): Luka Doncic: 34
Highest assists maker: Mike Conley: 9
Highest rebounder: Donovan Mitchell: 8
Result Prediction: Mavericks 111 Jazz 105
Dallas Mavericks Team News
Mavericks Expected Starting Five
Defensive Big Forward: PF: Dorian Finney-Smith
Defensive wing: Reggie Bullock
Inside Presence: C: Dwight Powell
Scoring Guards: PG: Jalen Brunson
Leading Playmaker, Scorer and Rebounder: PG: Luka Doncic
BENCH: Josh Green, Sterling Brown, Marquesse Chriss, Maxi Kleber, Frank Ntilikina, Boban Marajanovic, Trey Burke.
Utah Jazz Team News
Jazz Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: PF: Royce O’Neale
Defensive and Rebounding Specialist: C: Rudy Gobert
Sharp-shooting Wing: SF: Bojan Bogdanovic
Ace scorer: SG: Donovan Mitchell
Playmaking Guard: PG: Mike Conley
BENCH: Jordan Clarkson, Rudy Gay, Eric Paschall, Nickeil Alexander-Walker
, Juancho Hernangomez, Hassan Whiteside.
Guard Mitchell has been off from the three-point line, shooting below 30% but he has been a viable playmaker, and rebounder. I believe he will be in 25-31 points, 5-7 rebounds, and 5-8 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 39-52
Doncic returned after an absence of three games and shot a terrific 11/21 from the field but was unable to get the Mavericks over the line. I expect a 30-36 points, 7-10 rebounds, and 4-7 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 45-60
Gobert had a strong rebounding game and he also earned a bunch of free-throw attempts but was only able to convert half of them. I expect the Center to be in 12-18 points and 11-19 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-42
Lefty Guard Jalen has been an eyeball catcher throughout the Playoffs and alongside Doncic, he forms a strong pairing. I expect him to be in 18-24 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 25-37
While wing Bojan hasn’t shot that well from three-point all that well but he still has a 50% Field Goals and he can be a huge factor here. I expect a 18-25 points and 3-5 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 18-34
Elite defender Dorian has been a huge difference-maker in terms of box-out and shot 4/7 from the floor in the last game. I believe he will be in 9-14 points, 4-7 rebounds, and 1-2 blocks/steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 17-29
PG: J Clarkson, D Mitchell(PP), L Doncic(SP)
SG: D House
SF: D Finney-Smith, B Bogdanovic
PF: R Bullock
C: D Powell
PG: J Clarkson, L Doncic
SG: M Conley, D House
SF: B Bogdanovic
PF: M Kleber, R Bullock
C: R Gobert
A tied series and Luka Doncic is back to take on the superb talent of Donovan Mitchell, don’t you wanna have a peek? In not the most alluring piece of news for India-based NBA viewers, this game can’t be seen on streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot, the two official streaming platforms for viewers in India. So, the best way to catch the action is through the NBA League Pass. If you want to learn the scores, stats, and news, go to the official website of the NBA.