PHX vs DAL Dream11: Hello NBA fans, the Playoffs needle is seesawing and three of the four series are tied now. What does this mean? It means that we are heading for a climactic finish and can see some glorious Game 7 finishes. Only the Warriors have managed a big advantage, taking a three-one lead over the Grizzlies. While except Warriors, the Celtics, and the Bucks, at the time of writing, no team has been able to win away from home so far in the Second Round. In this game, the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks will go up against each other in another tied affair.
The Mavericks once again shut down the Suns and managed a 111:101 win as Luka Doncic managed 26 points and Dorian Finney-Smith clicked home eight triples. Chris Paul’s rhythm has been off throughout the series while Mikal Bridges hasn’t been that aggressive offensively. Can the Suns make a turnaround as the series comes back to their home floor?
Host: Phoenix Suns
Visitors: Dallas Mavericks
Match Timing: 11 May, @ 07:30 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: FootPrint Center
Home is the safe space? Can the Mavs turn the tables again?
In the last two games, the Suns have committed 17 turnovers in each of the affairs, and they have been known to not cough up possessions. The Dallas defense is a different flavor on the home floor and in the last two games, Phoenix has scored just 101 and 94 points, which followed two 120+ points nights at home. See, how big is the home-floor advantage during the Playoffs!
And due to the home-court advantage where the Suns will play two of their next three battles at home, they will still be considered as favorites and as we head into the last half of the series, there are concerns for the fans that Mavs may have found their groove finally. It is interesting to note that Dorian Finney-Smith has outscored Mikal Bridges in 75% of the games while Chris Paul has committed a ton of turnovers, already four more than he did against the Pelicans in one fewer game while dishing around half of the assists compared to the last series.
For the Mavs, Maxi Kleber has been a huge factor off the bench and his ability to score and rebound has been helping the team in sustaining rhythm. Brunson did much better on the home floor but Spencer Dinwiddie has continued to struggle. Still, the bulk of the production relies upon the wonderboy Luka Doncic, who has been kept at bay shooting-percentage wise in the last two games, but his teammates and defense have come through.
Chris Paul’s stocks have fallen in the series while Devin Booker continues to be a reliable option. Mikal Bridges has been rather so-so but Deandre Ayton has been a consistent option. Cameron Johnson and Jae Crowder continue to be effective fantasy options while JaVale McGee deals a fair bit of damage in a limited time.
For the Mavs, Luka Doncic remains the shining light while Dorian Finney-Smith recovered his stock on the home floor. So did Brunson while Kleber has continued from where he left off versus the Jazz and continues to be a dependable fantasy option. Reggie Bullock hasn’t been as inconsistent and the same goes for Spencer Dinwiddie. Powell has fallen off the radar while Bertans can surprise with his three-point shooting.
Top Scorer: Devin Booker: 36
Top Rebounder: Deandre Ayton: 12
Highest assists deliverer: Chris Paul: 10
Scoreline Prediction: Suns 117 Mavericks 112
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.
Luka’s efficiency is down in the last couple of games but he continues to harness big-time rebounding and playmaking. I believe he will be in 27-33 points, 6-10 rebounds, and 6-9 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 has not been at his best in the last three games as the Mavs defense has produced multiple headaches for him and the guard has averaged below 6 assists. However, I expect a bounce back and him being in 14-21 points, 6-11 assists, and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 26-39
Jalen Brunson (DAL)
Jalen made 7 of his 17 shots in Game 4 and he has been rather better at home but he will need to pull through in the road scenario where he has struggled in the series. I expect a 16-23 points and 4-6 rebounds/assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-32
Devin made all his 13 free throws and also banged home 10 of his 22 field goals in the last game, continuing to be the most reliable offensive player. I expect a 26-35 points, 4-7 assists, and 3-6 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55
Finney-Smith has been in electric form throughout the Playoffs and had a career night in Game 4, capitalizing on 8 of his triples while giving elite defense. I expect a 13-18 points, 4-8 rebounds, and 1-2 steals range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Deandre continues to hunt rebounds at an elite rate while also being an effective scorer and defender. I believe he will be in 18-24 points, 9-13 rebounds, and 1-3 blocks range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
PG: L Doncic(SP)
SG: D Booker (PP)
SF: R Bullock
PF: J Crowder, M Kleber, D Finney-Smith, C Johnson
C: J McGee
PG: C Payne, L Doncic(SP)
SG:D Booker (PP)
SF: R Bullock
PF: M Kleber, C Johnson
C: J McGee, D Ayton
The series is at two each and this becomes a big-time game, will the Suns win at home or the Mavs have their say? In a great bit of news for the Indian NBA fans, this game can be viewed on TV channels MTV and Sports 18. Meanwhile, streaming platforms JIO TV and Voot are also going to showcase this game for viewers in India. But we have one other game and what if you wanna watch it? If you buy the annual subscription, you can watch all live games and you can also access the full game replay if you can’t catch the live-action. To learn the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.