Phoenix Suns (64-18, first in the Western Conference) vs. Dallas Mavericks (52-30, fourth in the Western Conference)
Dallas; Thursday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mavericks -1.5; over/under is 214
WESTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Suns lead series 3-2
BOTTOM LINE: The Phoenix Suns look to clinch the series over the Dallas Mavericks in game six of the Western Conference second round. The Suns defeated the Mavericks 110-80 in the last meeting. Devin Booker led the Suns with 28 points, and Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 28 points.
The Mavericks are 36-16 against conference opponents. Dallas is second in the NBA giving up only 104.7 points per game while holding opponents to 45.7% shooting.
The Suns are 39-13 in conference play. Phoenix ranks eighth in the Western Conference with 12.5 fast break points per game led by Booker averaging 4.1.
TOP PERFORMERS: Doncic is scoring 28.4 points per game and averaging 9.1 rebounds for the Mavericks. Jalen Brunson is averaging 23.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over the last 10 games for Dallas.
Booker is averaging 26.8 points and 4.8 assists for the Suns. Deandre Ayton is averaging 18.6 points and 9.2 rebounds over the past 10 games for Phoenix.
LAST 10 GAMES: Mavericks: 6-4, averaging 105.2 points, 36.4 rebounds, 19.0 assists, 6.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 105.0 points per game.
Suns: 6-4, averaging 111.3 points, 40.3 rebounds, 26.9 assists, 6.9 steals and 3.4 blocks per game while shooting 51.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.7 points.
INJURIES: Mavericks: Tim Hardaway Jr.: out (foot).
Suns: Dario Saric: out (knee). (AP)
(Photo credits to: Sports Illustrated)