Game 5 of the season opener between the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz is scheduled for Monday night. The Jazz picked up a victory in Game 4 thanks to a decisive dunk from Rudy Gobert. It came after the Mavericks won two of the first three games of the series despite missing superstar Luke Doncic, who was suffering from a strained calf. Even with Doncic back in the fold, the Mavericks weren’t able to take care of business in Game 4. While Doncic now has a game with his legs under him, Dallas will be looking to bounce back in Game 5 .
Here’s everything you need to know about Game 5 between Dallas and Utah.
(4) Dallas Mavericks vs. (5) Utah Jazz
- When: Monday April 25 | Weather: 9:30 p.m. ET
- Or: American Airlines Center, Dallas
- TV channel: DTT | Direct: DTT app
- Odds: UTA +130; DAL-150; O/U: 212.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured Game | Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz
Mavericks: Doncic returned to the pitch for Game 4 and looked like he didn’t miss a beat. The Mavericks star had 31 points on 11 of 21 shooting, including knocking down four threes in a game Dallas led heading into the fourth quarter. Dallas received another huge boost from guard Jalen Brunson, which was a big reason the Mavericks were able to win Games 2 and 3 without Doncic in the lineup. With a few more saves in the streak, it’s a 3-1 series, so it’s not crazy to think the Mavericks can bounce back in Game 5.
Jazz: Game 4 was a do or die situation for the Jazz and to their credit, they got the win they needed so badly. Even in the win, the Jazz still didn’t shoot the ball well from the perimeter. Star guard Donovan Mitchell missed eight of 10 attempts from beyond the arc and Utah shot just 28.6 percent (10 of 35) from deep as a team. That’s just going to have to change if the Jazz are to keep up with the Mavericks. The Jazz will also need more production from their supporting cast like Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O’Neale if they want to get the upper hand in this series.
The Jazz averted disaster and managed to even the series in Game 4. Still, with Doncic back in the fold now, the Mavericks must be the favorites to win this series, especially with a pivotal Game 5 unfolding. in Dallas. Look for another big game from Doncic and Brunson to keep thriving. Choose: Mavericks -3.0