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The Western Conference Finals are set. Will Golden State continue its dominance or is it Dallas' time to shine? Jason Radowitz answers.

Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction: Can Warriors Continue Incredible Dynasty?

This isn't new for the Golden State Warriors. Now that the trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green is healthy, the Warriors have made it back into the Western Conference Finals.

But it's not going to be easy. They'll take on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks after the Mavericks absolutely destroyed the Phoenix Suns, on the road, in Game 7.

Can Luka Doncic finally start to create a legacy in the NBA? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Wednesday's game between the Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors.

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Warriors vs. Mavericks Game 1 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 18, 2022
  • Game Time: 9:00pm ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT 

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Warriors vs. Mavericks Injury Report


OutG Tim Hardaway Jr. (Foot)


Questionable: F Andre Iguodala (Neck), F Otto Porter (Foot) Out: G Gary Payton II (Elbow), C James Wiseman (Knee)

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Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 1 Prediction

It's certainly not going to be easy for the Warriors. Golden State will have a home-court advantage, which is helpful, but when Luka Doncic goes off the Mavericks go off.

In the previous series, when Doncic score 30 or more points, the Mavericks won every game. When he didn't, they lost every game. Dallas will need more contributions from their depth in this series, but ultimately, Luka Doncic is going to be making plays all series long against the Warriors.

The Warriors were one of the best defensive teams in the NBA this season, holding teams to 107.6 points per 100 possessions. Golden State also held teams to a 51.3% effective field goal percentage and had success on the defensive glass. The Mavericks likely won't have more success on the glass in this series but could end up earning a whole bunch of turnovers on the defensive end.

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The Warriors turned the ball over 15.2% of the time during the regular season, which was one of the worst rates in the NBA this season. However, even with the high amount of turnovers, the Warriors continued to get really high-quality looks from the field.

The Mavericks are also very good at keeping teams off the glass and knowing that the Warriors and Mavericks want to shoot from deep, there likely will be fewer fouls in this series. The Warriors and Mavericks had some massive offensive outputs in their last series. But this series should be tighter throughout. In Game 1, I'm liking the under 214.5.

Golden State Warriors vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 1 Pick

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Article Author


Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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