The Dallas Mavericks (46-29) took sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference by beating the Utah Jazz (45-30) 114-100 Sunday night in Dallas. Utah was missing Rudy Robert and Bojan Bogdanović but were still quick starters against a Maverick team that looked confused about when the game should start. Utah had a layup line in the first quarter before the Dallas defense begins to close traffic lanes. After scoring just 21 points in the first quarter, Dallas responded with 37 in the second and 32 in the third when the play was decided. Dallas’ offense looked very comfortable against a Utah team missing their world defenseman .
18 of 22: home wins for the Mavs in 2022.
“Dallas struggled at home at the start of the season, with Luka getting back into shape and the team adjusting to a new system. Since January 1, they have developed a real killer instinct at AAC. could be a huge development for Dallas’ playoff ambitions, especially if they maintain a top-four seed in the west.
7: Reggie Bullock made three pointers
On Friday night in Minnesota, the non-Luka Doncic Mavericks shot 5 of 33 from deep and Reggie Bullock was a nightmare 1 of 11. They all bounced back in this one, shooting 17 of 34 as a team. Reggie leads the way with seven threes of 11 attempts. Dallas’ defense is better any time Bullock is on the ground and when he hits his three, this team is nearly unbeatable. In fact, Dallas is now 15-2 when hitting four or more threes in a game.
24 to 10: Dallas advantage in free throw attempts
Dallas was on fire from the outside, but refused to settle for anything less than a big hit. Luka drove relentlessly to the basket, looking to finish or get fouled. He finished with 32 points and just five assists because he seemed determined to take advantage of Utah’s lack of rim protection without Gobert. They have no one to guard him. The Mavs entered the bonus early in the deciding second quarter and turned the game around by forcing the problem every time on the field.
On the other side of the field, Dallas defended aggressively without fail. The first half defense was far from perfect, but some of that can be attributed to the Jazz’s three-point shooting to go along with the slow start. aforementioned. The defense held Utah to 20 in 3 and 21 in 4. Dallas’ defense is clearly more comfortable with Utah defending without a shot blocker in the game.
12: Donovan Mitchell’s points
Speaking of defense! Thanks to Hank for this little treat –
Donovan Mitchell in his last 3 games in Dallas:
-16 PTS of 6-23 (26%) FG, 0-8 (0%) 3PT
-17 PTS on 5-19 (26%) FG, 2-9 (22%) 3PT
-12 PTS on 4-13 (31%) FG, 1-4 (25%) 3PT
Huge if the Mavs end up with home-court advantage #MFFL
— Panda Hank (@pandahank41) March 28, 2022
Coincidence? I do not think so. It would be huge if Dallas could keep Utah’s best-player lines like this in a playoff series.
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