The Golden State Warriors jumped out to an early Western Conference Finals lead with a 25-point series-opening victory. That’s no reason to overreact, though. The Mavericks erased deficits in their previous two series and have the man who’s capable of spearheading a third comeback. Luka Doncic is featured heavily in Mavericks-Warriors Game 2 player props and same-game parlays, along with the Warriors’ star-studded cast.
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Dallas Mavericks vs. Golden State Warriors Game 2 Odds
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The Mavericks won three out of four head-to-head against the Warriors during the regular season, a chic narrative heading into the series. However, it’s worth considering the circumstances of those meetings before placing wagers. The Warriors weren’t playing with a full deck, and postseason basketball is a different animal. It’s too early to count the Mavs out, but they’re facing a seasoned group hungry to regain its seat at the head of the NBA table.
Mavericks vs. Warriors Props, SGPs
Luka Doncic 31.5 Points: Over (-110, FanDuel) | Under (-105, DraftKings)
Credit to the Warriors’ defensive chops for slowing Doncic in Game 1. Luka’s 7.1 game score is the lowest he’s produced since a 4.5 on March 21. It’s reasonable to expect a better performance Friday night. Whether that equates to at least 32 points might be too tight of a call for some bettors. Those who remain on the fence on Luka’s scoring output may want to consider a combo prop instead….
Luka Doncic Combined Over 50.5 Points, Assists, Rebounds (+114, FanDuel)
As good as the Warriors are defensively, they’re going to struggle holding Doncic down the entire series. There are few in the game who fill a box score quite like Luka can, and he’s clipped this number three times during the postseason. For those confident in a 33-11-8 or 45-12-8 type of performance, the plus-money odds are attractive.
The Warriors threw a lot at Doncic in Game 1. He and Jason Kidd will implement — and presumably execute — adjustments in Game 2.
Head To Head Points (DraftKings): Draymond Green (+105) vs. Reggie Bullock (-135)
Laying -135 may not be the ideal scenario for many bettors, but Bullock outscoring Green is the preferred position. For starters, Bullock has averaged 10.4 points during the postseason compared to 8.0 for Green. But the analysis goes beyond a simple points-per-game average. While Green and Bullock are fifth on their respective team’s pecking orders, Bullock is situated for higher scoring outputs. He averages more shots — including 7.1 attempts from deep — and won’t be relied upon for as much defensive duty.
Head To Head Points (DraftKings): Stephen Curry (+200) vs. Luka Doncic (-240)
Doncic is a virtual lock to deliver a better performance than he did in Game 1, and that will almost certainly include more than the 20 points he scored on Wednesday night. However, he’s pit against a two-time MVP and two-time scoring champion in this prop. Curry has delivered five 30-plus point performances this postseason and is capable of exploding in any given contest. The argument in favor of Doncic is his central role on the Mavs. While Curry may be the face of the Warriors, he hardly has to carry as much of the load — Luka’s usage rate outpaces Curry’s 40.2 to 32.4. However, even with the support Curry has by his side, bettors can’t ignore +200 odds on a player of Curry’s caliber.
Mavs vs. Warriors Same-Game Parlay
Over 3.5 Three-Pointers (DraftKings): Klay Thompson (+115), Stephen Curry (-140), Luka Doncic (-115)
Doncic has launched double-digit attempts from beyond the arc in eight of 11 postseason contests, and he drained at least four in five of those eight. He’s a solid bet to have the green light from distance once again. And if he clicks early, he could hit the ‘over’ by halftime.
On the opposite side, both Curry and Thompson delivered relatively sub-par performances in Game 1, but that’s largely due to the Warriors receiving double-digit scoring production from seven players. That’s not a degree of efficiency the Warriors can expect game-in, game-out. However, both Curry and Thompson are capable of carrying the load individually. Bettors should anticipate both to feature more prominently in the scoring department in Game 2.