NBA Betting Preview: Suns Look To Take 3-2 Series Lead

Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the first half of Game Two of the Western Conference First Round NBA Playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans at Footprint Center on April 19, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Dallas Mavericks (58-34, 53-38-1, ATS) @ Phoenix Suns (70-22, 50-42 ATS), 10 p.m. ET

Lines/News: The Suns are six-point favorites to take a 3-2 series lead. The O/U is 213.5. The Mavericks won Game 4, 111-101. Dallas is 6-4 straight up over its last 10 games, bouncing back from a 0-2 series deficit. The Suns are 6-4 straight up over their last 10 games. The Mavericks on the season are 35-56-1 to the Over. The Suns are 46-45-1.

Mavericks Trends: The Over is 2-5 in the last seven Mavericks games. The Mavericks are 7-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last nine games and 2-5 ATS against the Suns in their last seven road games.

Suns Trends: The Over is 2-6 in Suns games after the last game stayed under the points total in their last eight instances. The Suns are 4-1 ATS after they failed to cover in their last five games.

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Player Trends: Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (O/U 33.5 points) scored 34+ points in two of his seven (28.57%) playoff games (avg. 31.3). He’s scored 34+ points in one of his last six (16.67%) games after his team previously covered (avg. 30.7). He’s averaged 32 points in five games against the Suns this season.

Phoenix Suns Chris Paul (O/U 8.5 assists) has recorded 9+ assists in five of his 10 (50%) playoff games (avg. 9.0 per gm). He’s recorded 9+ assists in 9 of his last 10 (90%) games following a loss (avg. 11.6 per gm). He’s averaged 8.71 assists in seven games against the Mavericks this season.

  • Can Paul hit yet again on a very enticing assists prop? You can find Over 8.5 assists (-105) at DraftKings Sportsbook
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