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Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks predictions

It is almost job done for Golden State, with the Warriors just one game away from their sixth Western Conference title in the last eight seasons.

Although GSW have the big-game experience their opponents lack, Dallas were expected to run their rivals close in the Western Conference Final.

The Warriors though have proven to be too strong at the basket for the Mavericks, scoring 109+ points in each of the opening three games – which has been enough to give them a 3-0 series lead.

Steph Curry has once again led by example, with 84 points scored across the three games to date, while the likes of Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney have chipped in with valuable points for the Warriors to take some of the pressure off the two-time NBA MVP.

Despite their struggles in the series, Luka Doncic has delivered for Dallas, scoring 102 points, but others have struggled to back up the Slovenian, leaving the Mavericks needing to win four games on the spin to make the Championship Finals.

As they have home-court advantage on Wednesday, Dallas are the 1.900* favourites to get their name on the scoreboard and extend the series, with Golden State available at 2.010* to claim a fourth-straight win.

If the Mavericks do win, Doncic looks highly likely to lead the way in terms of points and the 23-year-old is 1.775* to score over 34.5 points on Wednesday.

Boston Celtics at Miami Heat predictions

The battle to reach the Finals is much closer in the East, with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat all square at 2-2 ahead of Thursday’s Game Five.

The Celtics have never been in front in the seven-game series and they will have to win in Florida, at least one more time, if they are to make their first Finals since 2010.

Ime Udoka’s men won two of the three meetings between the teams during the regular season and they have some momentum after their 102-82 win at TD Garden in Game Four.

Jayson Tatum shone in that success, firing 31 points as well as claiming six rebounds and five assists – the small forward bouncing back from a meagre 10 points in the Celtics’ defeat in Game Three.

Boston have done a fantastic defensive job on Miami’s main man Jimmy Butler, who has averaged 26.5 points per game this season but struggled in recent games.

Having scored 41 points in the first clash of the Conference Finals, Butler has collected just 43 in the following three games and that will be a cause for concern for the Heat.

Despite being on the road, the Celtics are 1.847* to win Game Five, with Miami at 2.070* to take the lead in the Eastern Conference Finals series for the third time.

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