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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(2-3) LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks (3-2)
Date: Friday, June 4th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -132 | Mavericks +124
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
Only one game is on tap for Friday, June 4th as the Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers tip-off in Game 6 of their first-round series.
Dallas took the lead in the series via a 105-100 victory on Wednesday and will attempt to win on their home court – – something neither team has done thus far.
Head coach Ty Lu made the first adjustment by inserting Nic Batum in the starting rotation and going small. In Game 5, it was his counterpart who made the big shift in strategy with the move having initial success.
LA had feasted in the paint in the prior matches but having to deal with 7’4″ Boban Marjanovic forced the Clippers to miss several shots and rethink their approach.
By the second half, LA seemed to figure out how to counter the big man but they only won the paint scoring by two points (38 to 36).
Given the Clippers trailed by double-figures with nine minutes remaining added relevancy to Lu’s comments that Kawhi Leonard had to do so much and was probably fatigued at game end (re: his missed shot).
Leonard had an off shooting night overall with 20 points on 7 of 19 from the field with five rebounds, five assists, one steal, and two blocks.
His superstar partner Paul George delivered a double-double and led scoring for the Clippers with 23 points and 10 rebounds plus six assists but was mired in early foul trouble.
All five Clippers starters scored in double figures while Lu used only eight players with the three reserves collecting 11 points. Serge Ibaka (back) is expected out again.
After losing two games in Dallas the momentum had shifted to LA especially with Mavericks cornerstone Luka Doncic nursing a cervical strain.
The youngster was inarguably the best player on the hardwood for either team in spite of telling the postgame media he could’ve been better, that he forced some shots he shouldn’t have, and didn’t like how he played in clutch time.
Considering Doncic scored (42) or assisted (14 assists) on 83.8 percent of the 105 points (or 99 points) the Mavericks collected imagine what he would consider a perfect game! The 14 dimes were a playoff-high for Doncic plus he had eight rebounds.
The only other Maverick to register double-figure scoring was Tim Hardaway Jr. with 20 points although four others produced eight to nine points.
Aside from the rising superstar, the Mavericks’ defense was the greater factor in this match particularly Dorian Finney-Smith, and Dwight Powell who brought stellar effort and made big plays.
JJ Redick (right Achilles injury) is out.
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 3-7 in the last 10 contests between the clubs.
Free LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Adjustments will be the major factor once again and which team can gain a successful edge via those chess moves. Presumably, the Clippers will try to force the ball out of Doncic’s hands particularly early and force the other Mavericks to beat them.
Can Kristaps Porzingis deliver one standout game in this series? This sure would be the time to do so. I expect Rick Carlisle to utilize Powell more in this match as his defensive effort combined with Finney-Smith in clutch time was critical to the victory.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks +2.5
Be careful what you wish for – – or in this case what you tank games to align for. A home win is overdue in this series and it’s hard to bet against Luka at this point.
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