The one NBA Playoffs series that has gotten off to the most unexpected start is the 3-6 matchup in the Western Conference. After taking each of the first two games in this series on the road, the lower-seeded Dallas Mavericks are now in the driver’s seat in their matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Mavs will look to keep rolling on their home court while the Clippers desperately need a win in Game 3 to avoid the dreaded 0-3 series deficit. This NBA betting preview for the Nuggets vs Trail Blazers NBA Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 3 of this series.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Game Info | NBA Playoffs
NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals NBA Playoffs Game 3 (DAL leads 2-0)
Los Angeles Clippers (47-27, 21-15 Away) vs. Dallas Mavericks (44-30, 21-15 Home)
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Start Time: 9:30 p.m. EST
Venue: American Airlines Center — Dallas, TX
What on Earth is the matter with the Clippers? After the debacle in last year’s postseason of blowing a 3-1 series lead and exiting before the Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles once again is in danger of suffering a very disappointing end to their season. Losing the first two games of an NBA Playoffs series is one thing. Losing them both on your home floor as NBA betting favorites is a whole different level. Kawhi Leonard can’t take any of the blame here. He’s been terrific, including a Game 2 performance that saw him put up 41 points, grab six rebounds and dish out four assists. Paul George also played well in the Game 2 loss, scoring 28 points and grabbing 12 boards. Unfortunately, other than their big two, the Clippers have gotten slim to no production from their supporting cast. Reggie Jackson was the only other player besides Leonard and George to score in double figures on Tuesday.
The Clippers’ lack of a balanced offensive attack has been exposed even more due to the fact that the Mavericks have used a total team effort to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. Of course, Luka Doncic has been front and center. Game 2 saw the young star scored 39 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists. Running mate Kristaps Porsingis checked in with 20 points, but unlike the Clippers, he was far from the only other Dallas player making massive contributions. Tim Hardaway Jr. exploded for 28 points and also passed out five assists on Tuesday. Center Maxi Kleber rounded out the four Mavs in double figures with 13 points.
NBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: LAC: (-140) | DAL: (+115)
Spread: LAC: -2 (-110) | DAL: +2 (-110)
Total: 219.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Clippers vs Mavericks Betting Trends
- Clippers are just 1-7 ATS in their last eight games following an outright loss.
- Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games as an NBA betting underdog.
- Mavericks are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against teams with a winning record.
- Under is 7-1-2 in the Clippers’ last 10 NBA Playoffs games as a betting favorite.
- Over is 5-0 in the Mavericks’ last five games following an outright win.
- Under is 7-0 in the Mavericks’ last seven games as a home NBA betting underdog.
Clippers vs Mavericks Prediction
This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Dallas a 59.7% chance to win Game 3 of this NBA Playoffs matchup.
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