PHX vs DAL Dream11: The NBA 2021-22 season is heading into the last stages as we are closer to the Finals as the SemiFinals in both Conferences are in full flow. The Bucks-Celtics series is tied so is the series between the Grizzlies-Warriors. The Heat has a one-nil lead and in this game, the Phoenix Suns will host the Dallas Mavericks on a one-nil lead.
The Suns won Game 1 121:114 doing a great job versus the elite defense of the Mavericks setting a wonderful tone for the rest of the campaign. Luka Doncic did rise up for a 40-points night but the elite defense of the Suns did a great job of keeping the Mavs at bay through their ability to maintain big leads. Can the Mavericks defend much better in Game 2?
Host: Phoenix Suns
Visitors: Dallas Mavericks
Match Timing: 5 May, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: FootPrint Center
The Mavericks got a taste of Suns’ offense
The last series against the Jazz was low-scoring for the Mavericks but now the real dance is starting for them. Unlike the Jazz, the Suns have a more balanced scoring lineup which was in full flow as the team shot a brilliant 50.5% from the field and nailed 11 threes on a 39% which is surely an encouraging sign for Phoenix to begin the series.
The Suns also eked out a huge 51:38 rebounding advantage and after scoring 35, 34 in the first two quarters, they bagged a 13 point lead. The aforementioned scoring balance was in great flow as six players hit 10+ points while four players scored at least 17 points, which did a great job of maintaining a thorough offensive balance. Due to their well-aligned lineup the Suns are able to score from three-point line, mid-range and driving lanes, led by the playmaking of Chris Paul.
Although Doncic did get a big night, nailing 45 points, they got down by too many points in the first half and you can’t come back against the Suns if you leave too many points to catch. The Mavericks outgunned the Suns 16:11 from the three-point line but the Suns have a great inside offense and mid-range prowess. The Suns also have a much better rebounding balance and the Mavs will need to keep it at least close from the beginning.
It is tough to see who can rely on as a fantasy ace when it comes to the Suns as Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, and Deandre Ayton can all post big numbers, especially Paul, Booker, and Ayton. Cameron Johnson raised his stocks through a brilliant night while Jae Crowder is a great floater option as well. Cameron Payne also brings decent value but McGee, Craig, and Shamet usually don’t get many minutes.
There is no doubt that the major option from the Mavs is Luka Doncic who showed his brilliance in Game 1. Jalen Brunson did a decent job while Dorian Finney-Smith has raised his game in the Playoffs. Maxi Kleber had a strong Game 1 but you can’t always expect him to big numbers. Spencer Dinwiddie is a bit iffy and Reggie Bullock hasn’t been that consistent these days.
Top Scorer: Devin Booker: 33
Top Rebounder: Deandre Ayton: 11
Highest assists deliverer: Chris Paul: 11
Scoreline Prediction: Suns 115 Mavericks 110
Phoenix Suns Team News
Suns Expected Starting Five
Defensive Forward: Jae Crowder
Slashing wing and strong Defender: Mikal Bridges
Inside Presence: C: Deandre Ayton
Leading Scoring Guard: SG: Devin Booker
Floor General: PG: Chris Paul
BENCH: Cameron Johnson, Cameron Payne, Bismack Biyombo, Torrey Craig, Javale McGee, Landry Shamet, Elfrid Payton, Ismail Wainright.
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 Guard: PG: Jalen Brunson
Leading Scorer and Playmaker: PG: Luka Doncic
BENCH: Spencer Dinwiddie, Maxi Kleber, Josh Green, Sterling Brown, Marquesse Chriss, Frank Ntilikina, Boban Marajanovic, Trey Burke.
Doncic made 15 of his 30 attempts in Game 1 and led the Mavericks effort almost bringing them close to a victory, leading them in scoring, rebounding, and assists. I believe he will be in 31-37 points, 8-13 rebounds, and 6-10 assists range. He can be selected as a Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 48-67
Paul made seven of his 13 shots while committing just one turnover and he has done a great job as a playmaker and scorer throughout the Playoffs. I believe the Floor General will be in 18-25 points, 9-14 assists, and 1-3 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 34-47
Jalen Brunson (DAL)
Crafty Guard Brunson shot just 6/16 from the floor in the last game and he will need to do a much better job here. I expect a 16-23 points and 4-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 24-38
Inside player Deandre shot an incredible 12/20 in Game 1 and he is usually a high-percentage player for sure while being a rebounding and defensive presence. I expect a 18-26 points and 8-12 rebounds range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
Dorian made five of his ten shots in the last game and he is also vital as a defender and a box-out player on the rebounding end. I expect a 11-16 points and 5-9 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Booker shot 7/20 in the last game but his mere presence helps open up multiple lanes for the Suns and he has been a terrific all-around player. I expect a 26-34 points and 4-7 rebounds/assists range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55
PG: L Doncic(SP)
SG: D Booker (PP)
SF: R Bullock
PF: J Crowder, M Kleber, C Johnson
C: D Powell, D Ayton
PG: C Payne, C Paul(PP), L Doncic(SP)
SG: J Brunson
SF: R Bullock
PF: M Kleber, C Johnson
C: J McGee
Will the Mavericks tie the series against the Suns or will Booker and co. extend their advantage to two-nil? In not the best piece of news for the Indian NBA fans, this game can’t be seen on TV channels MTV and Sports 18. Meanwhile, streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot are also not going to display this game for viewers in India. So what option do you have? If you purchase the annual subscription, you can catch all live games and you can also access the full game replay if you can’t watch the live-action. To know the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.