If the Los Angeles Clippers were truly trying to duck the Lakers as many claimed they were, they may have bitten off more than they can chew. They find themselves down 1-0 to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, with Game 2 on Tuesday. Will the trend of Paul George and the Clippers wilting in the playoffs continue, or will the Clippers be able to tie up the series before heading to Dallas? This NBA betting preview for the Mavericks vs Clippers NBA playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 2 of this series.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers Betting Preview and Prediction | NBA Playoffs
NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals NBA Playoffs Game 2 (DAL Leads 1-0)
Dallas Mavericks (42-30, 21-15 Away) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (47-25, 26-10 Home)
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 10:30 pm EST
Venue: Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Dallas continues to be an inconsistent team, and for Game 1, that worked in their favor. Dorian Finney-Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. showed up and were enough to help Doncic and the Mavs take home court advantage back from the Clippers. The one question mark for the Mavericks has to be Kristaps Porzingis. While Hardaway and Finney-Smith are solid players, they won’t shoot 15-22 every night. As a result, you need Porzingis to be better than 4-13 with only 14 points and four rebounds. Can they get enough out of him to really put the Clippers in trouble going back to Dallas?
You can take the Clippers out of the bubble, but you can’t take the bubble out of the Clippers. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Clippers had a late lead against a lesser opponent, then lost thanks to subpar performances from Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. While neither shot horribly overall, they combined to shoot just 3-14 from three. With an even weaker supporting cast than last season, the Clippers need everything from George and Leonard. Can they finally manufacture enough in Game 2?
NBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: DAL: (+220) | LAC: (-270)
Spread: DAL: +6.0 (-110) | LAC: -6.0 (-110)
Total: 216 – Over: (-105) I Under: (-1`5)
Odds to Win NBA Finals: DAL: (+2500) | LAC: (+800)
Mavericks vs Clippers Betting Trends
- The over has hit in five of Dallas’ last six games.
- Dallas is 7-2 straight up in its last nine games.
- The Clippers are 3-9 against the spread in their last 12 games.
- In their last five meetings, the under has hit five times.
Mavericks vs Clippers Prediction
This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Los Angeles a 70.6% chance to win Game 2 of this NBA Playoffs matchup.
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