Mavericks vs Clippers Odds and Picks – Sport 1

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Kawhi Leonard driving

Kawhi Leonard & the Clippers start their playoff run vs the Mavericks on Saturday afternoon. (Picture by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

  • The Los Angeles Clippers are 5.5-point house favorites over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday in Sport 1 of their Western Convention first spherical sequence
  • The Mavericks gained two of three video games towards the Clippers within the common season
  • A breakdown of the Mavericks-Clippers matchup and a prediction could be discovered beneath

The Dallas Mavericks will look to take a primary step towards ending a decade-long postseason drought after they go to the Los Angeles Clippers in Sport 1 of their Western Convention first spherical sequence at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday on the Staples Middle.

The Mavericks haven’t gained a playoff sequence since beating the Miami Warmth within the 2011 Finals. Dallas has since misplaced within the first spherical 5 occasions.

The fifth-seeded Mavericks (42-30 within the common season) gained six of their final eight common season video games. Nevertheless, they misplaced to the Timberwolves 136-121 within the finale on Sunday in Minnesota as seven-point favorites.

The fourth-seeded Clippers (47-25) misplaced their final two common season video games whereas resting high scorers Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Mavericks vs Clippers Odds

Group Moneyline at FanDuel Unfold Complete
Dallas Mavericks +190 +5.5 (-110) Over 218.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Clippers -230 -5.5 (-110) Beneath 218.5 (-110)

Odds as of Might twenty first

Doncic Dominant for Mavericks

If the Mavericks are to get previous the primary spherical this time, Luca Doncic will doubtless cleared the path.

Doncic had one other massive season, averaging 27.7 factors, 8.6 assists and eight rebounds. He was fifth within the NBA in assists and sixth in rebounds. Doncic posted 11 triple-doubles, 4 video games with no less than 40 factors and 22 video games with no less than 30 factors.

A wholesome Kristaps Porzingis would assist take some stress off Doncic. Porzingis averaged 20.1 factors and eight.9 rebounds however was restricted to 43 video games due to accidents. He had 16 double-doubles and three 30-point video games.

Tim Hardaway can replenish the basket in a rush as his 42-point sport towards the Detroit Pistons on April 29 attests. He completed the common season with a 16.6 scoring common whereas registering 5 30-point video games.

The Mavericks are optimistic they could have defensive specialist Maxi Kleber again for Sport 1 after he sat out the ultimate two video games of the common season with Achilles’ soreness.

JJ Redick (proper heel soreness) has been declared out after additionally lacking the final three common season video games.

Dallas was ninth within the NBA in offensive ranking, averaging 115.4 factors per 100 possessions. Nevertheless, the Mavericks had been 20th with a 113.0 defensive ranking.

Whereas the Mavericks performed properly on the finish of the common season, they had been the shedding facet towards the unfold in three of their final 4 video games.

Leonard, George Rested and Prepared

The Clippers ended the common season with a thud, shedding on the highway to the lowly Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder 117-112 as eight-point favorites. It additionally marked Los Angeles’ third straight loss ATS.

Nevertheless, the duo of Leonard and George might be properly rested for the playoff opener after combining for 46.1 factors a sport within the common season.

Leonard led the Clippers with a 24.8 common whereas additionally posting 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals a sport. He had 30 or extra factors 11 occasions.

George’s averages had been 23.3 factors, 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists. He bought to 30 factors on 13 events.

Rajon Rondo gave the Clippers a much-needed playmaker after being acquired from the Atlanta Hawks on the commerce deadline, averaging 5.8 assists in 18 video games.

Ivica Zubac had a team-leading 7.2 rebounds a sport and stepped up when Serge Ibaka was sidelined for a lot of the season’s second half with again issues.

The Clippers had been tenth in offensive ranking (114.0) and fourth in defensive ranking (107.8).

Mavs Took Season Collection

The Mavericks took two of three video games from the Clippers within the common season. The underdog gained every of the three.

The Mavericks blew out the Clippers 124-73 on Dec. 27 as three-point underdogs, amazingly constructing a 77-27 halftime lead. Doncic had 24 factors, 9 rebounds and eight assists for the Mavericks and Josh Richardson added 21 factors.

The groups cut up back-to-back sport in Dallas on March 15 and 17.

The Clippers gained the primary sport 109-99 as 1.5-point canines behind Leonard’s 22 factors, eight rebounds, seven assists and 4 steals. The Mavericks bounced again with a 105-89 victory as 2.5-point underdogs as Doncic completed with 42 factors and 9 assists.

The Mavericks have proven they will grasp with the Clippers this season and will no less than preserve Sport 1 shut.

  • The Choose: Mavericks +5.5 (-110)

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