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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(2-2) Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers (2-2)
Date: Wednesday, June 2nd
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Mavericks +260 | Clippers -289
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -7
NBA Betting Total: 217
Wednesday, June 2nd the Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers tip-off in the fifth game of their first-round series. In an oddity, the series has featured the road team winning every game. The Clippers tied the series 2-2 with their 106-81 victory on Sunday.
Most concerning for the Mavericks is their superstar Luka Doncic appeared on the court with a heavily taped neck and shoulder and is said to be dealing with nerve damage.
That fact plus the Clippers now possessing the momentum could dramatically shift the series in favor of LA. Still, Doncic is a competitor and the Mavericks have played more relaxed on the road, so this series may still go the distance.
In the history of the NBA, 318 teams have taken a 2-0 series lead with 297 going on to win the series. Dallas is trying to avoid joining the 21 other teams who failed to deliver.
Clearly, with Doncic nursing a cervical strain it affected the superstar from producing at the same level. Through three games the superstar was averaging 38 points, 8.7 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks.
On Sunday, his injury limited his shooting and passing ability as he collected 19 points on 9 of 24 from the field, 1 of 7 from deep, and missed all five free throws. He also collected six rebounds, six assists, and a steal.
Other Mavericks also struggled albeit without an injury excuse. Tim Hardaway Jr. averaged 24.5 points and 5.5 triples in LA but through the last two games averaged 8.0 points and 2.0 triples specifically struggling in Game 4 with four points and going 0 of 4 from deep.
Only three Mavericks scored in double-figures with Kristaps Porzingis (18) and Boban Marojanovic (12) the other two. However, each of those big men has limitations as they couldn’t contain the superstars on the Clippers.
JJ Redick (right Achilles injury) is out.
Down two games without a win, the Clippers delivered two solid efforts in Dallas led by Kawhi Leonard who was close to perfect in the two victories.
Leonard was strong in every game offering 26 and 41 points in the initial two matches but in Dallas, his 36 and 29 points came on 24 of 32 from the field missing only eight shots through the two games.
In the blowout 106-81 Game 4 win, he also registered a double-double with 10 rebounds along with three assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Regardless of what happens in this series, the Mavericks will need to invest in a lockdown wing defender in the offseason as Leonard’s ease at scoring has highlighted a clear deficiency on Dallas.
Paul George scored 20 points in Game 4 but wasn’t particularly efficient (6 of 16) while Reggie Jackson (16) and Nic Batum (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
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:
Throughout the series, three factors have provided an edge — perimeter efficiency, paint scoring, and rebounding.
In Game 1 the Mavs won the perimeter (47.2% to 27.5%) and rebounding edge and in Game 2 were absolutely on fire from the perimeter shooting 52.9 percent versus 39.4%.
The advantage shifted to the Clippers in Dallas with LA winning the paint scoring (46 to 24) and rebounding effort (39 to 33). All three categories went to LA in Game 4 as they won the rebound battle ( 53 to 41), perimeter (39.4% to 16.7%), and paint scoring (plus 2).
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks +7
Timing could benefit the Mavericks since the teams haven’t played since Sunday allowing Doncic time to rest his ailing neck and shoulder. Dallas needs him close to 100 percent if they have any shot of winning this series.
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