Golden State Warriors Favored to Beat Dallas Mavericks

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  • The Golden State Warriors are a sizable betting favorite to beat the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.
  • Golden State opened at -245 and is currently at -210 to win the series and represent the West in the 2022 NBA Finals.
  • The Mavericks pulled off the biggest upset of the postseason when they eliminated the top-seeded Phoenix Suns in the previous round.

The Golden State Warriors are sizable betting favorites to beat the Dallas Mavericks in the 2022 Western Conference Finals.

Battle-tested Golden State faced a stiff challenge from the young and exuberant Memphis team before Grizzlies star Ja Morant suffered a knee injury and missed Games 5 and 6 which the Warriors won to clinch their second-round series 4-2.

Meanwhile, the surging Dallas Mavericks came back from a 0-2 series deficit against the top-seeded Phoenix Suns and won four of the next five games to stun the Suns 123-90 in Game 7 and advance to their first Conference Finals since their 2011 championship season.

Western Conference Finals Odds

The Dubs opened as -245 betting favorites right after the Mavericks won Game 7 and eliminated the Suns from title contention. But since then, those odds have moved in Dallas’ direction as the current BetOnline odds have Golden State as the -210 series favorites while Dallas’ odds have shortened from +205 to +180. At their latest price, the Warriors still have a 67.7% implied probability of winning the series. However, the shortening of the Mavs’ odds shows that early betting action is favoring the underdogs.

Golden State opened as -5.5 points and -219 Moneyline favorites to win Game 1 at Chase Center on Wednesday night. Those odds have since moved to -5 points and -210, also indicating that the early betting handle has been wagered on the Mavericks who have moved from a +191 at the opening Moneyline to their current +180 odds at

Despite Dallas seemingly gaining on Golden State, at least in the betting arena, the Warriors head to Game 1 brimming with confidence. For starters, they will get head coach Steve Kerr back after clearing COVID-19 protocols. Kerr missed the Warriors’ last three games against Memphis. The team also expects Otto Porter Jr. to return in Game 1 after missing Games 5 and 6. Meanwhile, Andre Iguodala is believed to be returning in Game 2, giving the Dubs a full roster in the series.

Luka Doncic Torched the Suns

But the Warriors will have to deal with a Dallas Mavericks team that went 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games played against the Suns. Unlike their playoff appearance last season when Luka Doncic did not get help, he got plenty of support from Spencer Dinwiddie, Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, and even Reggie Bullock. With his teammates contributing, Luka’s full potential was on display against the Suns.

To say that Doncic was dominant against the Suns is an understatement. The Slovenian sensation scored more points than Devin Booker, issued more assists than Chris Paul, grabbed more rebounds than Deandre Ayton, and had more steals than Mikal Bridges to stamp his class in his first-ever Conference Semifinals appearance.

Doncic averaged 32.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 7 assists per game in the Suns series. In the two elimination games against the Suns, Doncic averaged 34 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. His 38.3 points scoring average in four career elimination games in the playoffs is the highest in NBA postseason history.

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