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Golden State Warriors 2022 Western Conference Finals Betting Keys

By Carlos Chacon

For the first time in three years, the Golden State Warriors are back in the Western Conference Finals following their gritty 4-2 series win against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Conference Semifinals. Stephen Curry and Co. are no strangers to the WCF stage, but their next opponent in the Dallas Mavericks should definitely be feared despite the Luka Doncic-led Mavs being newcomers to such postseason heights.

Nitrobetting is ready to dish out some timely assists to our bettors all throughout the 2022 NBA Playoffs. This time, let’s highlight the three biggest keys to victory for the Golden State Warriors in their upcoming Western Conference Finals showdown against the Dallas Mavericks, as well as the Dubs’ odds to win Game 1 of the WCF series this Wednesday.

3 Keys For The Golden State Warriors To Win 2022 West Conference Finals Series vs. Mavericks

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Stay Splashy, San Francisco

It goes without saying that the Warriors live and die by their three-point shooting prowess, particularly from “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Curry and Thompson combined for 59 points and 14-of-31 shooting from deep in their Game 6 rout of the Grizzlies, with the latter proving his absoluteworth for Golden State as Thompson’s return from a lengthy injury has revitalized his team’s title aspirations.

Steph and Klay will face some stiff defense from a suddenly stingy Mavericks defense, so it’s also worth noting that the Dubs’ other sharpshooters have to be locked in too. Andrew Wiggins (18 points, 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in Game 6) has been a stable source of offense for the Warriors. Meanwhile, Jordan Poole (19.3 PPG this postseason) needs to rediscover his explosive scoring potential that was in full display in the first-round series against the Nuggets but has been relatively cooled off against the Grizz.

Keep Luka in Check

The biggest concern for the Warriors has got to be how they’ll be able to deal with Dallas’ top star in Luka Doncic. The sensational Slovenian wonder virtually single-handedly carried the Mavs to their series victory over last season’s Western Conference champions, averaging a mind-boggling stat line of 31 points, 10 boards, seven assists, and two steals per game in this year’s playoffs. Luka also averaged 31.5 points across his four regular-season starts against the Warriors this regular season.

That being said, we wouldn’t be surprised if perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate Draymond Green will be guarding 6-foot-7 point guard Doncic for the majority of the series. Green had a tremendous outing in the series-clinching win over the Grizzlies Friday, finishing with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and eight dimes, as the fiery forward will try to match Luka’s near-triple-double performances throughout the Conference Finals whilst also clamping down on D like he’s known to do.

Forget About Track Record Against the Mavs

As of this writing, the Warriors are early (-5.5) favorites to win their Game 1 showdown against the Mavericks this Wednesday. However, the Dubs’ backers have to be concerned about the team’s recent results against the Mavs. Golden State went just 1-3 against Dallas this season (SU/ATS) and is 2-9 over its last 11 head-to-head matchups dating back to March 2019 (3-8 ATS).

On the bright side, the Warriors went 1-4 in their last five meetings against the Grizzlies before taking four of six games in the postseason. In turn, the Dubs must forget about their recent history against the Mavericks as they did against the Grizz and let their postseason pedigree shine against the relatively inexperienced Mavs at this lofty stage of the NBA playoffs.

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