The Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors both made it through their second-round NBA Playoffs series, setting up an exciting Western Conference Finals matchup. The Mavericks actually won the regular-season series 3-1, leaving fans to wonder if they can continue their dominance over the Warriors into the playoffs.
Mavericks vs Warriors Schedule
Below is the full official schedule for the Mavericks vs. Warriors Eastern Conference Second Round NBA Playoff series.
Game 1: Wednesday, May 18 at Golden State (TNT - 9 p.m. ET)
Game 2: Friday, May 20 at Golden State (TNT - 9 p.m. ET)
Game 3: Sunday, May 22 at Dallas (TNT - 9 p.m. ET)
Game 4: Tuesday, May 24 at Dallas (TNT - 9 p.m. ET)
Game 5: Thursday, May 26 at Golden State (TNT - 9 p.m. ET) if necessary
Game 6: Saturday, May 28 at Dallas (TNT - 9 p.m. ET) if necessary
Game 7: Monday, May 30 at Golden State (TNT - 9 p.m. ET) if necessary
Mavericks vs Warriors Odds
NBA Playoff odds from FanDuel Sportsbook have the Warriors as -230 favorites to win the series, while the Mavericks are +190 underdogs.
The odds point to the Warriors winning the series 4-1 as the most likely outcoming at +310 odds.
Mavericks vs Warriors Predictions
Predictions for the Mavericks vs Warriors series are from FiveThirtyEight.
The Mavericks are projected for a 70% chance to make the NBA Finals and a 30% chance to win the NBA championship, while the Warriors are projected for a 30% chance to make the NBA Finals and a 7% chance to win the NBA championship.
The Mavericks may have won the regular-season series, but they certainly don't have as much playoff experience as the Warriors — specifically Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The dynamic trio have been through a lot and has handled tougher tests than what Luka Doncic and co. bring to the table. Doncic will likely steal a game or two of the series on his own, but the Mavericks will have to wait until next year to advance to the NBA Finals.
Prediction: Warriors in Six (+420)
Gary Payton Injury Update
Gary Payton II was one of the Warriors' best role players to begin the postseason before fracturing his elbow in Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies. He's set to be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks.
Unfortunately, it's looking like there's a chance that Payton could miss the Western Conference Finals. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters Sunday that 'GP2' won't be ready to open the third-round series and is a "longshot" to play in the conference finals at all.
Payton makes the Warriors a better team when healthy. They managed to make it past the Grizzlies without him for the most part, but it'll be interesting to see how Golden State's bench now fares against the Mavericks.
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