Luka Doncic
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The Warriors and the Mavericks are set to clash in the Western Conference Finals later tonight. Golden State will be in familiar territory having played in multiple NBA Finals over the last decade. Meanwhile, for Dallas this will be the first time that deep in postseason since the 2011 championship season.

Draymond Green dedicated a segment of his podcast to talk about the upcoming series and what he expects to happen. First of all, the three-time NBA champion praised the Mavs’ superstar Luka Doncic.

“Extremely excited about [facing the Mavericks] as I said,” the Dubs forward said. “It’s definitely gonna be a tough matchup. Anytime you’re playing against a guy like Luka Doncic, he can control the tempo of games, he gets whatever shot he wants, he gets other guys involved. Just an incredible, incredible, incredible, absolutely incredible talent. And he’s been that way since he walked into the NBA.”

Green then complimented Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie for their contributions for the Mavericks offense. He also mentioned Frank Ntikilina who found himself a defensive role in Dallas.

“That’s a really good team,” Green said about the Mavs. “It’s gonna be a tough matchup for us. One thing we know we have to do is get our turnovers down. Those guys will feed off turnovers and that’s something that moving forward we need to correct. That will be a big deal for us.”

“I’m expecting a tough series,” the Dubs’ vocal leader said. “You got two great coaches. Coach Kerr and J-Kidd going up against each other. I’m looking forward to the chess matches. The chess matches on the court against their guys. That’s all fun. Looking forward to that. Dubs-Dallas in the Western Conference Finals. And who’s my prediction? My prediction for that matchup it’s the Dubs, of course, of course.”

Ahead of tonight’s game, the Warriors are considered favorites amongst bookmakers, with NBA lines site Betway pricing Golden State at 1.50 to beat the Mavericks. The NBA odds for Dallas to win this game are at 2.90. Draw is 14.00.