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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1 (Orlando)
(1-1) Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks vs. (1-1)
Date: Friday, August, 21st, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House| ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks +4.5 | Clippers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: O/U 233
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It is all tied up 1-1 after a game in which Dallas was in near complete control. They played well but it is not like they overwhelmed.
I would be a little worried if I was the Clippers. Kawhi Leonard might be the best playoff player in the game but where is the energy and urgency?
Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points with 10 rebounds and it basically didn’t matter. That is a statement you have to let sink in.
It didn’t matter because most of the rest of the team had subpar game including Paul George, who is supposed to be Leonard without the hardware. Speaking of without, the Clippers were without Patrick Beverley, the energy defender they need. His status for game three is questionable.
No Beverley meant an opportunity for Reggie Jackson who made a few threes, which was encouraging. His problem is that he is not really a spot up shooter and that is what this team needs.
There is no travel to Dallas for game three otherwise this series would take on a different look but either way the Clippers need to pick it up.
The Mavericks tied up the series but now they have to play on and not get caught up in any we could have been up 2-0 nonsense. It was a good game made all the sweeter by the fact that the bench was significantly involved. Everybody loves to see Boban Marjanovic get his run.
Luka Doncic had another strong game though he played with foul trouble. He only turned the ball over one time which was part no Beverley and his own great attention to detail.
Kristaps Porzingis showed his value too. He was not amazing but he played smart and used his size. Best of all he was on the court.
The reserve backcourt duo of Trey Burke and Seth Curry scored 31 points. They only made one three combined so it was all about finding the open spots on the floor and knocking down shots. The best part is you can play those guys with Luka and Porzingis if you want.
Per the above there is no travel for game three. Who that favours or hurts remains to be seen. It is clear Dallas has the momentum off the win though.
NBA Betting Trends:
- LAC are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Over is 6-2 in LAC last 8 overall.
- Under is 6-2 in LAC last 8 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Over is 6-2 in DAL last 8 games as an underdog.
- Over is 19-7 in DAL last 26 Fri. games.
- DAL are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Free Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
The line for this is down from the last game and with home court being nonexistent you can make a case it should probably be more like -3. The Clippers can play better on both ends of the floor but I am not liking what I am seeing at all. I like the Mavs to win another one but the best strategy is probably to wait on this one, hope for some positive Beverley news that moves the line a tad and then fade L.A.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Mavericks +4.5
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