It was a rude awakening for the Mavericks team that ranks 29th in clutch offense in their opener against the Rockets. Their 85 first-half points were not enough to carry them to the finish line as they came up short in overtime. Both Luka and KP played incredible ball, but couldn’t do it when it counted most.
A late missed Seth Curry free throw proved costly as they allowed a 3-pt possession on the other end, which tied the game. The good news is, this is another chance to right the ship. They have work to do in order to move up from the 7th spot.
Phoenix, on the other hand, has a long road ahead if they hope to qualify for the postseason. The odds are not in their favor, but they did start off on a high note with a win over the Washington Wizards.
They’re still a little short-handed without the likes of Elie Okobo and Kelly Oubre, but they continue to battle on. We’ll see if they can get to 2-0.
ODDS: Dallas Mavericks -5.5 (-110) and over/under set at 237.5 (-110).
Mavs Looking to Bounce Back
Their effort against the Rockets is not at all what they wanted to see. And that defeat marked the 17th time this year (most in the NBA) that they lost a game by five or fewer points. They can score all game, but when it comes to closing it out, something always seems to go wrong. There were plenty of promising signs for the game’s first 44 minutes, but blowing a seven-point lead with 44 seconds left is a bad look.
Kristaps was scoring from all over the floor, but even that wasn’t enough for them to beat the high-powered Rockets. It was a tough first test, whereas this game should be one they have a better shot to win. And it will be vital that they do because losing to Houston when they were close to them in the standings pushes them back.
Let’s see if the Mavs can come out aggressive and get the job done.
Suns Looking to Go to 2-0 in Return to Action
The game was never in doubt despite a close game with DC. They were the better team and went on several runs to make sure they closed out the win. The roster is thin right now without Okobo, Oubre, and Aron Baynes, but it was great to finally see Frank Kaminsky healthy and on the floor again.
Devin Booker has never reached the playoffs, and the team is hoping to defy the odds and do it this year. He and DeAndre Ayton are the leaders of this scrappy Suns team. They finally got the coach they’ve yearned for in Monty Williams, and the future is looking bright for them.
We’ll see how Booker can respond to the challenge of Luka.
Suns Pull an Upset Here
Make sure to bet on Phoenix as underdogs. The game will be close, but they’ll manage to figure out a way to get it done.
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