The Dallas Mavericks travel to Vivint Arena for Game 6 of their first-round best of seven series with the Utah Jazz. The Mavericks won Game 5 at home taking a 3-2 series lead in convincing fashion 102-77, covering the spread as three-point favorites. Utah looks to avoid elimination for the second straight year in the first round. Dallas opens this game as a two-point road favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 10:00 PM ET.
Mavericks Punish Jazz, Take 3-2 LeadLuka Doncic scored 33 points and had 13 rebounds in his first home game coming off a calf injury in a 102-77 beatdown of the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Doncic made his series debut in Game 4 at Utah, when the Jazz scored the last five points in the final 31 seconds for a one-point win that evened up the series. He was dominant in Game 5.
''For his second game, it looks like he's been playing this whole series,'' coach Jason Kidd said. ''His conditioning, his effort on the defensive end. As we talk about rebounding, he's one of the best for us and he did that tonight.''
After the first four games were decided by eight points or less, Utah never had a chance after a nearly six-minute scoreless drought in the second quarter that fueled a 22-4 Dallas run on the way to a 52-36 halftime lead.
Jalen Brunson, who carried a lot of the offensive load for Dallas when Luka was hurt, scored 24 points and played excellent defense on Donovan Mitchell. Finney-Smith added 13 in a game that was never close from the opening tip. No significant injuries occurred for Dallas and everyone should be ready to go for this possible close-out game.
Mitchell Injured in Blowout LossThe Jazz were dismantled by the Mavericks and looked lifeless in the 102-77 beatdown. Utah is in the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year but has yet to get past the second round in that stretch. Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points and Rudy Gobert added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the lowest-scoring game for the Jazz since they lost by 50 at Dallas (118-68) on Nov. 14, 2018. They were 3 of 30 from 3-point range (10%) and shot 38% overall. Donovan Mitchell, who averaged 30 points in the first four games, scored just nine and missed all seven of his 3-pointers before leaving with a left hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. He will get an MRI but said he was okay after the game. He has been dismal from beyond the arc in this series.
''They've scrambled extremely hard,'' said Mitchell, who is shooting 20% from 3-point range after being well over 40% the past two playoff years. ''It's a lot to continuously run teams off the line, and they've done a good job of it. They've made us uncomfortable.''
Utah has played well in years past at home against Dallas, winning 12 of their last 14 games. But this team is on the fritz and out of sync on both ends.
- Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last five games
- Jazz are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games facing Western Conference teams
- Jazz are 1-10-1 ATS in their last 12 games facing Southwest Division teams
- Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games
- Mavericks are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Jazz
- Mavericks are 15-3 in their last 18 games facing Western Conference teams
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