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Dieter Kurtenbach: Five reasons why the Warriors will beat the Mavericks in five games

Dieter Kurtenbach, Bay Area News Group on

Published in Basketball

These Western Conference Finals are brought to you by the number five.

Five, as in five-out basketball.

Five, as the Fantastic Five. (Yes, I finally came up with a decent nickname for that lineup that helped the Warriors win in the first round.)

Five, as in the number of games it will take Golden State to dispatch the Dallas Mavericks and advance to the NBA Finals for the… sixth time under head coach Steve Kerr. (We almost had it there.)

Now, Dallas is no pushover — they have the best scorer remaining in the postseason and they play a tenacious brand of defense, as demanded and orchestrated by their head coach and Bay Area basketball legend Jason Kidd.

But the matchup between Dallas and Golden State is favorable to the latter. What the Mavericks do well — what the Phoenix Suns couldn’t stop in the final two games teams’ semifinal matchup — can be mitigated by the Warriors’ style of play on both sides of the ball.

 

Don’t believe me? Well, let me show you my work. Here are five reasons why the Warriors will win this series:

Familiarity

Luka Dončić is incredible. He’s an elite scorer of the basketball — someone who can get to any spot on the floor and knock down a shot. When you have him on your team, you always have a chance.

But let’s cut through the compliments and get down to brass tacks: Dončić is just impersonating James Harden.

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