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2021 NBA Handicapping
(25-15) Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks (20-17)
Date: Monday, March 15th
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Clippers -120 | Mavericks +109
NBA Betting Odds: Clippers -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 227.5
On Monday, March 15th, the Los Angeles Clippers meet the Dallas Mavericks for the second time this season. In the first meeting on December 27th, the Mavericks won 124-73.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Clippers sweeping the season series. The Mavericks hold the all-time record having won 94 matches of the 160 played.
Los Angeles Clippers
While this Clippers team has all the talent on paper and shows glimpses of being special there are still games they should win that slip away.
Some of the similar bad habits from last season have reared their ugly head again with LA losing to teams they shouldn’t, not holding onto leads and a lack of ball movement.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is their lack of physical intensity particularly on the defensive side of the court. That was the case on Sunday as the Clippers were routed (115-135) by the New Orleans Pelicans getting outscored in the paint by 32 points (72-40).
Kawhi Leonard led the way for LA scoring 23 points and made his feelings clear after the loss as the usually quiet star called the Clippers play ‘very concerning’. Hey if Kawhi is calling out poor play it’s time to take this seriously.
Coach Ty Lue was more emphatic saying his team didn’t meet the physicality or toughness of the Pelicans citing the absence of a defensive mindset as problematic. Lue used all reserves to start the fourth clearly sending his starters a message.
Reggie Jackson (18), Paul George (15), Luke Kennard (15), and Amir Coffey (13) were the other double-figure scorers.
Patrick Beverley missed the last game with a sore knee and is expected to miss the next two matches as well.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Dallas Mavericks who are on a roll having won 11 of their last 14 matches including an impressive 116-103 beat down of the equally surging Dever Nuggets on Saturday.
The Mavericks would likely be on a six-game win streak had they not chosen to underestimate the Oklahoma City Thunder and rest both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Poringis.
In fairness, the Mavericks schedule may have dictated resting the stars with the Nuggets and two games each versus the Clippers and Blazers on tap.
In the victory over the Nuggets, the rest appeared to pay massive dividends as Doncic delivered a double-double of 21 points and 12 assists. Porzingis led the scoring with 25 points including five 3-pointers.
Josh Richardson (20), Jalen Brunson (12), and Dorian Finney-Smith (11) were the other double-figure scorers. All five Mavericks starters hit multiple 3-pointers.
James Johnson (personal) and Tyrell Terry (illness) are both questionable for Monday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Clippers are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Clippers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
The Clippers need to bounce back with a response to their poor effort versus the Pelicans and have to do it on the second game of a back-to-back set. Dallas is 3.5 games back of LA so if they sweep this brief two-game set they could significantly narrow the gap.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks ATS
Normally I’d feel confident stating the Clippers will bounce back, but they’ve failed to demonstrate that killer attitude this year while Dallas sure looks like a team invested in winning.
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