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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(0-2) LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks (2-0)
Date: Friday, May 28th
Time: 9:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -118 | Mavericks +120
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -2
NBA Betting Total: 219.5
Friday, May 28th the LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks tip-off in the third game of their first-round series. Dallas took Game 1 by 113-103 and then stole Game 2 by a score of 127-121.
That means the Clippers have to try to return the favor and take both games in Dallas.
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.
In both games in LA, there were standout moments by the two superstars including a jaw-dropping dunk by Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 and Paul George putting Kristaps Porzingis on skates in Game 2.
But while the highlight of the game may go to the LA stars, it’s the Mavericks 22-year old rising superstar Luka Doncic who is leading his squad to the victories and highlighting how important team chemistry is.
Leonard delivered a much more efficient scoring effort to lead his squad with 41 points. While he scored 26 in Game 1 he needed 22 shots (9 of 22) whereas in Game 2 he shot 14 of 21.
Leonard was particularly efficient early registering 30 points by the half. George was also productive with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds but shot 1 of 7 from deep.
No major injuries although it was notable that Serge Ibaka played only six minutes on Tuesday.
Luka Doncic followed up his Game 1 triple-double by leading the Mavericks with 39 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, a steal, a block, and hit five 3-pointers.
While the Clippers are the team who on paper have more depth and talent it’s undeniable the youngster has his Mavs playing with more cohesiveness.
Moreover, regardless of who the Clippers put on Doncic defensively, he can’t be sped up and his teammates are nailing their shots when he finds them wide open if LA tries to rush him.
Tim Hardaway is playing his best ball of the season scoring 28 points including six 3-pointers. Kristaps Porzingis was better in Game 2 with 20 points but his pick and roll defense remain a concern.
Fortunately, Rick Carlisle has Maxi Kleber (who scored 13) and Dwight Powell who are both quality defenders he can tap to fill in if required.
JJ Redick (right Achilles injury) is out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Mavericks are 6-4 in the last 10 head-to-head meetings.
- The Mavericks are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these clubs
- The over/under is 5-5 in the last 10 contests between the clubs.
Free LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
The perimeter has been a factor through two games with LA improving from the 27.5% they shot in Game 1 to 39.4% in Game 2.
While that’s still lower than their league-leading 41% regular-season efficiency the issue is how proficient the Mavericks are shooting the deep ball and the Clippers’ inability to stop them.
In Game 1, Dallas shot 47.2% and improved upon that figure in Game 2, shooting 52.9% from deep.
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Anything short of the Clippers winning both games in Dallas isn’t going to cut it. LA purposely finished the season losing games in order to get the Mavericks and is already getting mercilessly crucified for that choice.
More importantly, Kawhi Leonard can opt of his contract this offseason and if LA doesn’t get out of the first round there will be some anxious Clippers executives wondering if he’ll elect to bail to align with other superstars elsewhere.
Part of me thinks Mavs will steamroll but I’ve witnessed an inspired Kawhi before so I’ll take Clippers and not be surprised if Luka prevails announcing his ascension.
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