Suns vs Mavericks: Game 2 prediction, picks, TV channel, NBA playoffs live stream, how to watch online

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For a few brief moments in the first round, the Phoenix Suns looked vulnerable. When Devin Booker was injured, the Suns were pushed 64-18 to the limit by the eighth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans. The series was tied at two and had a few breaks, the Pelicans could be the team still standing. The heroism of Chris Paul and the return of Booker put the Suns back on top, but entering the second round, their halo of invincibility seemed to have disappeared. The Suns looked deadly.

And then, for most of Game 1 against the Dallas Mavericks, they reminded us why they were the best team in the NBA all season. Phoenix led by 17 after three quarters, but a furious Dallas comeback made it competitive. So which version of these teams will we see in Game 2? Those who allowed the Suns to dominate most of the night? Or those that were more competitive over time.

Here’s how you can log into Game 2 to find out.

(1) Phoenix Suns vs. (4) Dallas Mavericks

  • When: Wednesday May 4 | 10 p.m. ET
  • Or: Footprint Center — Phoenix, Arizona
  • TV: DTT | Direct: DTT app
  • Odds: LAD +210; PHO-260; O/U 216 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Scenarios

Mavericks: Part of me wants to tell you that Luka Doncic probably won’t score 45 anymore…but…well…have you seen Playoff Luka? He played in 17 playoff games and reached at least 38 points on eight occasions. He has grappled with championship favorites before and has more than held his own. The Suns may be the best team in the NBA, but Doncic, in a playoff context, could easily be its best player. The rest of this series will be his chance to prove just how special he can be on the game’s biggest stage.

Suns: DeAndre Ayton is averaging 23.4 points on 68.4 percent shooting over his last five games. It is not a coincidence. He’s become the kind of big man who can punish smaller opposing formations this season, and Dallas beat Utah largely by going small in the first round. If the Mavericks keep doing it in this series, Ayton is going to keep punishing them for it, and with restricted free agency coming up this summer, the timing for him couldn’t be better. Dallas can’t do much to slow Paul and Booker down. They are All-NBA players who will find ways to impact the games no matter what. But Ayton is the swing play here. If Phoenix has three bona fide stars in this game, the Suns will win easily. Dallas needs to find a way to contain him if he’s going to win this series.

Prediction

There were plenty of reasons to doubt Booker’s health in Game 1. He looked hobbled in his comeback against the Pelicans, but his 23-point outing in Game 2 should have calmed any thoughts that he wouldn’t be able to give Phoenix what it needs. in this series. Just as Doncic has always played in the playoffs, a healthy Booker makes it a mismatch. Phoenix has been the best team in the NBA all season. Why should it stop on Wednesday? The choice: Suns -6

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