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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(1-0) Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers (0-1)
Date: Tuesday, May 25th
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Mavericks +232 | Clippers -250
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -6
NBA Betting Total: 216
Tuesday, May 25th the Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers tip-off in the second game of their first-round series. Dallas won the initial meeting 113-103.
The Mavericks hold the all-time record having won 95 matches of the 162 played. This season, the teams played three times with Dallas winning two of the three contests.
Turns out losing games on purpose to face a specific opponent can backfire and give the other team all the motivation needed to have an advantage.
That’s exactly what transpired for Luka Doncic who hit Staples Center on a mission. Despite Kristaps Porzingis not having a stellar first game, it didn’t matter as the wunderkid delivered a triple-double of 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists plus a steal, and two blocks.
One player who didn’t lose his hot hand was Tim Hardaway Jr. with 21 points on 8 of 13 including five 3-pointers.
Dorian Finney-Smith added 18 points on 7 of 9 from the field and 4 of 5 from the perimeter including several clutch buckets in the final frame.
Jalen Brunson was also a spark off the bench scoring 15 while Porzingis chipped in 14 points.
JJ Redick (right Achilles injury) is out.
All the pressure is on the Clippers now after purposely losing games to align with the Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard offered a strong game with a double-double of 26 points (on 9 of 22) and 10 rebounds plus five assists and four steals and no turnovers.
Yet, one play defined what is wrong with the Clippers. Leonard stole the ball and slam dunked on Maxi Kleber sending the latter to the hardwood.
Leonard stopped for a split second to scream at his incredible dunk then retreated back on defense. However, Paul George and Marcus Morris remained in place yelling at Kleber as if they were up by 20. At the time the pair were shooting a combined 6 of 20 and were 0 of 9 from the perimeter.
These stare downs after the Kawhi poster. 😂
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) May 22, 2021
Just as the Clippers thought the Mavs would be an easy mark even when they are losing the swagger they constantly display isn’t always matched by their effort or production.
Now they’ve also given Rick Carlisle a picture he can blow up to place on the chalkboard prior to Game 2.
Nic Batum, Rajon Rondo, and Serge Ibaka combined to score 30 points on 9 of 19. It might be too much of a stretch but if I were Lu I’d consider starting that trio or Batum and Ibaka in place of PG and Morris.
The political effect would likely stop him from doing it but until the entire team learns winning a title is hard and even the best players need to give 100% effort all the time.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The teams are 5-5 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 4-6 in the last 10 contests between the clubs.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers NBA Prediction:
The Clippers possessed the best 3-point efficiency in season — 41.1 percent on 34.7 attempts. On Saturday, the Mavs held them to 27.5 percent (11 of 40) while they shot 47.2% connecting on 17 triples.
LA won the paint scoring battle (38 to 32) had more steals (7 to 2), blocks (7 to 3) and had far fewer turnovers (5 to 13) so hitting their perimeter shots and also defending them is key in Game 2.
Falling behind 0-2 is not an option especially with the teams set to play Games 3 and 4 in Dallas with a fan base thirsty to make another run at a title and a 22-year old with the talent to believe anything is possible.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks +6 but MVP Kawhi nets the win
While the self-titled “Playoff P” is still well short of living up to that moniker it won’t matter because two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard will rise to the occasion.
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