Luka was unwell in Game 1, which may have hindered second half play.
Luka was unwell in Game 1, which may have hindered second half play.@dallasmavs on Twitter

O'Sullivan's Friday NBA Playoffs Pick: Mavericks vs Warriors – to stay close, Mavs must shoot better in Game 2

Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors, 9 pm Eastern.

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Seattle O’Sullivan 2021-2022 NBA Season so far: 229-242-7, -$708.49

(Yesterday: 1-0, +$10.00)

NBA Playoffs so far: 28-18, +$123.95

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Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors, 9 pm Eastern

The Pick: Dallas +6.5 (-110), bet $11 to win $10

It was reported that after Game 1 on Wednesday, Dallas star Luka Doncic was “up all night” battling some sort of illness. If true, that would explain his poor second half in that game. I expect Doncic to play better tonight. I also expect his teammates to play better; they’d better play better, or else my hunch that the Mavericks can win this series will be proven folly. While this isn’t technically a “must-win” for Dallas, I do think they will show some urgency. I do think they’ll shoot better than 22.9% from three, and I do think Golden State will ease off the gas a bit. I don’t think the Warriors will shoot 56.1% from the field tonight. Getting 6.5 instead of 6 tips it for me, so I’ll take the Mavs to cover.

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