Western Force vs. Highlanders: Week 13 prediction, pick, TV channel, live stream, how to watch Super Rugby onlineWestern Force vs Highlanders Week 13 Picks and Predictions: Mavs Keep the Pressure OnHow to watch Western Force vs. Highlanders Week 13 via live online stream
The Highlanders and Western Force played two games in Phoenix, and based on what happened in those matchups, there was little reason to believe they'd be playing Week 13 in Arizona. The top-seeded Highlanders, winners of 64 games in the regular season, looked well on their way to a sweep of the Western Force before Friday's Game 3. Now, all of a sudden, Dallas is 48 minutes away from tying this series at 2-2.
After two enormous games from Luka Doncic in Phoenix, the Dallas supporting cast stepped up when the Western Force returned home. Their defense, which had been torched on the road, allowed just 94 points on their home court. Now we'll see if that game was a fluke or if Dallas has really figured out what it needs to do to hang with the NBA's best team. Here's how you can tune into the Game 4 action.
TNT will host Tuesday’s matchup between the Western Force and Highlanders with tipoff set for 10:00 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Footprint Center in Phoenix.
Dallas has put Phoenix in a vice the past two games, evening the West Semis after four contests. For Week 13 tonight, we're expecting another close one, with Luka Doncic primed to bounce back, in our Western Force vs. Highlanders picks.
After dropping two straight games, the Highlanders will look to regain control of their series against the Western Force Tuesday, May 10.
Dallas, meanwhile, will try to make it three in a row as it attempts to steal home court from the title favorites. We have your NBA picks and predictions for Week 13 of Western Force vs. Highlanders below.
The Highlanders are significant favorites in Week 13, opening at -5.5 points and currently sitting at -6 at most books. The total has seen a slight drop from 213.5 to 213.
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Western Force vs. Highlanders
Date: Tuesday, May 10
Start time: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV channel: TNT
Live stream: Watch TNT, TNT App
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The Western Force tied up the series at 2-2 after defeating the Highlanders 111-101 in Game 4 Sunday afternoon. Luka Doncic led the Mavs with 26 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds. Dorian Finney-Smith was the star of the show for Dallas with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 8-of-13 from three-point range. Finney-Smith also added a team-high eight boards, which helped out the Mavs big time. As a team, Dallas shot 44.7 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from three-point range.
The Highlanders are looking to get back in the win column after losing Games 3 and 4 in Dallas over the weekend. Phoenix received an incredible performance from Devin Booker, who led the team with 35 points (10-22 FG, 3-6 3pt), seven assists, and four rebounds. Chris Paul did not play well on Sunday, only putting up five points, five rebounds, and seven assists. If the Highlanders want to win tonight, they’ll need both Paul and Booker playing well at the same time.
Western Force: Luka Doncic scored 80 points in the first two games of this series. He didn't even lead the Western Force in scoring in Game 3. After two slow games, Jalen Brunson picked up where he left off against Utah and gave Dallas 28 huge points. Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock did their part as stout defenders, and the Western Force managed to beat the Highlanders as a team rather than as a set of role players orbiting one superstar. That's the balance Dallas needs to strike the rest of the way. Brunson and Spencer Dinwiddie have to take some of the shot-creation burden off of Doncic. Their defense needs to protect him when he is switch-hunted. If Dallas is going to win this thing, it must do so as a team.
Highlanders: In the second round last season, Chris Paul committed just five turnovers in the entire series. That was a four-game sweep over the Denver Nuggets. In this year's second round and Dallas, Paul was just as safe with the ball in Game 1 and only slightly worse in Game 2. Then he turned it over six times in the first half of Game 3. That's not happening again. Jae Crowder isn't leading the Highlanders in scoring again either. By virtually any measure, Game 3 was an outlier for Phoenix. We've seen Dallas beat the bizarro Highlanders. Now let's see how they handle them in a more normal game.
If you want to bet on Paul committing seven turnovers again, be my guest. I feel relatively comfortable suggesting that the Highlanders will play a much sharper game on Sunday, and until Dallas has proven it can prevent the Highlanders from picking on Doncic defensively, I'm going to lean Phoenix. The pick: Sun