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Mavericks vs. Jazz series predictions in first round of 2022 NBA playoffs

Here’s an in-depth look at the matchup between Mavericks and Jazz.

Utah Jazz guard Trent Forrest (3) guards Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during the game at the American Airlines Center.  Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The first round of the NBA playoff is set to start Saturday, April 15. The play-in games will take place on April 12, 13, and 15. In the Western Conference, the No. 4 seed Dallas Mavericks will take on the No. 5 seed Utah Jazz.

Mavericks vs. Jazz predictions

Odds to win series: Jazz -300, Mavericks +230
Regular season record: Mavericks: 52-30, Jazz: 49-33
Head-to-head record: 2-2

This is a tough series because both teams have been up and down. The Jazz started the season off well but have really struggled late. The Mavericks have been pretty good but will be without Luka Doncic for an unknown amount of time.

Pick: Jazz in 5 games

With Doncic out, it takes everything away from the Mavericks. The star guard is the rock for that team and they are in trouble without him. The Jazz have had some late struggles but this could be a big confidence booster for them to start the playoff. If Doncic is out for multiple games, Utah should win this series easily. If the Mavericks get their guard back after missing only the first game, they are likely to push this series to 6 or 7.

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