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(8-12) L.A. Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks (5-17)
Date: Saturday December 2
Time: 2:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 204.5
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LA Clippers arrive Saturday, December 2 in Texas to take on the Dallas Mavericks. The past week has witnessed the two squads almost swap positions in terms of luck and potential moving forward.
The Clippers ended a nine game losing streak, posting three consecutive wins. However, LA also lost their franchise star Blake Griffin for a minimum of two months.
Conversely, the Mavericks have experienced their best results of the quarter winning three of four games. Granted the Mavericks lost both games this week (to Spurs and Nets).
Last season, the squads split the season series, and the Clippers took the first game this season 119-98. The Mavericks hold the all-time record 90-60.
That sound you heard when Blake Griffin got hurt in the loss to the Lakers was a shoe dropping. Griffin sprained his MCL which will keep him out at least two months. He joins the line of walking wounded including several core roster members.
Danilo Gallinari (strained glut) and dime master Milos Teodosic (plantar fasciitis) are both expected to miss at least another two weeks. And, starting point guard Patrick Beverley is lost for the season after suffering a torn meniscus
Doc Rivers job is suddenly in flux having to use tape and glue to find players to add to DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams who can keep them competitive.
Smart money is on blowing the roster up now to try to garner draft picks and cut salary costs. The question is after signing Griffin to a 5-year. $175 million deal how comfortable are LA retaining him when his injury issues seem to be a yearly affair.
Although the Mavericks haven’t added another ‘W’ to the win column since their hot streak of three wins in four, Dallas remain highly competitive. In spite of their passion however, they seem destined to be lottery bound.
In the interim Maxi Kleber and Dennis Smith Jr. continue to progress under the savant like tutelage of Rick Carlisle. In spite of ample losses it’s better for both rookies to get experience.
In the loss to Brooklyn Kleber scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Dwight Powell is earning his minutes and becoming a solid producing reserve. Against the Nets his stat line read: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and a steal.
The issue for the Mavericks is inconsistent offense, but on any given night Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes or Wes Matthews can explode. The problem remains getting all of them to click at once.
Salah Mejri (ankle) and Nerlens Noel are questionable for the game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Clippers are 3-10 ATS in last 13 games overall
- In the past 8 Maverick home games the under is 6-2
- Clippers are 7-2 over/under in their last 9 games vs. West
- In the Clippers last 13 games overall they are 3-10 ATS
Free LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction: Mavericks -4.5
LA are so decimated with injury Doc Rivers simply doesn’t have enough manpower to stay competitive for 48 minutes.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks – 4.5
The Mavericks aren’t exactly blowing up the court on offense either, but their improved defense and home court advantage get the edge.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Mavericks 105 – Clippers 99
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