Mavericks-Suns conference semifinals to begin Monday

The Dallas Mavericks held off the Utah Jazz 98-96 in Game 6 of their first-round series on Thursday, setting up a second-round matchup with the top-seeded Phoenix Suns.

Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals will take place Monday at 7 pm MST in Phoenix at Footprint Center.

Dallas entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed. Utah was No. 5.

#1 Phoenix vs. #4 Dallas

DAY

DATE

AWAY

HOME

GM

TIME (ET)

TV

My

5/2

dallas

phoenix

1

7 p.m.

DTT

Wednesday

5/4

dallas

phoenix

2

7 p.m.

DTT

Fri

5/6

phoenix

dallas

3

6:30 p.m.

ESPN

Sun

5/8

phoenix

dallas

4

TBD

TBD

Kill

5/10

dallas

phoenix

5*

TBD

DTT

Thu

5/12

phoenix

dallas

6*

TBD

ESPN

Sun

5/15

dallas

phoenix

7*

TBD

TBD

All Suns games will air on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.

The Mavericks scraped out the series victory over the Jazz despite missing star Luka Doncic for the first three games. They lost Game 1 but went ahead 2-1 before losing Game 4 and then closing out with two straight wins.

Point guard Jalen Brunson—who in college at Villanova was teammates with Phoenix’s Mikal Bridges—picked up the slack in the first three games, scoring 24, 41 and 31 points, respectively.

Doncic returned with 30 points in Game 4, 33 points in Game 5 and then 24 more in the series-clinching victory on Thursday.

In the regular season, the Suns went 3-0 against the Mavericks, never winning by less than seven points.

However, they have not seen the team led by coach Jason Kidd since Jan. 20. Before that, Phoenix won two back-to-back games in Dallas on Nov. 17 and 19.

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