LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks

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The Los Angeles Clippers have won two of the last three after losing three straight and are 26-15. The Clippers are third in the Pacific Division 1 ½ games behind first-place Phoenix and one game behind the second-place Los Angeles Lakers. The Clippers defeated the Dallas Mavericks on Monday in the first of two consecutive meetings between 109-99. Kawhi Leonard was the scoring leader for the Clippers with 22 points.

Dallas lost for the second time in three games when falling to the Clippers on Monday. The Mavericks are 20-18 and second in the Southwest Division one game behind the first-place San Antonio Spurs. Dallas leads third-place Memphis by two games. Luka Doncic posted a triple-double for the 9th time this season scoring 25 points, handing out 16 assists, and grabbing 10 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis is the second leading scorer with 22 points. Dwight Powell sat out for Dallas due to illness but team officials said Powell’s sickness was not related to covid-19.

Clippers defense continues to play well

The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing an average of 109.7 points per game which is sixth in the NBA. Opponents are shooting 47.1% overall against the Clippers and averaging only 41.2 rebounds against Los Angeles. The Clippers average 44.2 rebounds per game with 34.8 at the defensive end and 9.5 per game off the offensive glass. Ivica Zubac is the king of the boards for the Clippers with an average of 7.0 rebounds per game. The Clippers defense steals the ball an average of 7.2 per game and blocks shots at an average of 4.4 per contest. Leonard is the leader in steals with an average of 1.6 per game and Serge Ibaka is the swat leader for the Clippers with an average of 1.2 blocked shots per game.

On offense, Los Angeles is led in scoring by Leonard with an average of 26.4 points per game and Paul George is second in scoring with an average of 22.9 points per game. The Clippers are shooting 48.3% overall and 41.8% from long distance. George is the leader in assists with an average of 5.3 per game and the Clippers as a team averaged 24.3 assists per game. Los Angeles is turning the ball over at a rate of 12.2 per game and has a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Injury Report: Patrick Beverley. Serge Ibaka and Mfiondu Kabengele are all questionable for Wednesday

Dallas needs to make more stops on defense

Dallas is 17th in the NBA in points allowed with an average of 111.9 points per game. Opponents are shooting 46.2% against the Dallas defense and 37.4% from long range. The Mavericks must clear the boards better as Dallas is allowing an average of 45.1 rebounds per contest. Dallas is averaging 42.8 rebounds per game which is only 25th in the NBA. The Mavericks average 34.4 boards on the defensive glass and 8.3 boards off the offensive glass led by Luka Doncic with an average of 8.5 rebounds per contest. Dallas averages 6.3 steals in 4.6 block shots per game led by Doncic with an average of 1.0 steals per game and James Johnson with an average of 0.8 swats per contest.

Dallas is scoring an average of 111.6 points per game while shooting 46.6% overall and 35.4% from long range. Doncic is the leading scorer for the Mavericks with an average of 28.1 points per game and is shooting 47.3% overall and 34.9% from downtown. Doncic is also the leader in assists with an average of 9.3 dish-offs per game, out of the 22.8 assists per game that Dallas averages as a team. The Mavericks take good care of the ball averaging only 11.4 turnovers per game for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0.

Injury Report: James Johnson is questionable for Wednesday due to personal reasons

The Bottom Line
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Los Angeles defeated Dallas in the first of two consecutive meetings between the two 109-99 on Monday and covered the spread as 1.5-point road chalk. The Clippers have dominated this head-to-head battle covering the number in nine of the last 12 overall against the Mavericks and in six of the last seven played on the Mavericks home court. The Dallas defense has struggled as the Mavericks are 17th in the NBA allowing an average of 111.9 points per game which is 0.1 of a point higher than the Mavericks are scoring. The Clippers defense on the other hand is sixth in the NBA allowing an average of only 109.7 points per game.

Prediction:
Los Angeles Clippers -2.5

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As mentioned previously, the Clippers have the 6th best defense in the NBA allowing an average of only 100 9.7 points per game and Dallas is scoring an average of only 111.9 points per game. In the first meeting between the two on Monday, the two combined to score 208 points which were 21 points below the closing line of 229. The total has finished under in each of Dallas’s last five at home and in 8 of the Mavericks’ last 10 overall.

Prediction:
UNDER 227