Well, we officially have a series. After the Dallas Mavericks went up 2-0 on the Los Angeles Clippers heading back to Dallas, many started to sound the alarm bells on the Clippers, as just one win in Dallas for Luka Doncic and the Mavs would virtually shut the door on the series. Unfortunately for Mark Cuban and company, that’s not how basketball always works. The Clippers stole two from the Mavericks in Dallas to tie this series up at two games apiece heading back to Los Angeles. So, what will we learn from Game 5 outside of just expecting the unexpected? This NBA betting preview for the Mavericks vs Clippers NBA Playoffs matchup will provide game info, betting trends, odds and a prediction for Game 5 of this series.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers Betting Preview and Prediction | NBA Playoffs
NBA Western Conference Round 1 NBA Playoffs Game 5 (Tied 2-2)
Dallas Mavericks (42-30, 21-15 Away) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (47-25, 26-10 Home)
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 10:00 pm EST
Venue: Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Talk about a tale of two teams. The Mavericks raced out to a 2-0 series lead thanks to Luka Doncic taking over, with the supporting cast doing just enough to finish off the Clippers. The next two games, however, Kawhi Leonard looked absolutely unstoppable, as Kristaps Porzingis was seemingly exposed on defense every single possession. With Luka’s nerve injury in his neck obviously hampering him in Game 4, they’ll need him to somehow put up a classic Luka performance if they have any shot at winning. If Porzingis continues to be a shell of himself, Dallas will need either Tim Hardaway Jr. or Dorian Finney-Smith to step up and knock down some big time shots.
While Paul George is certainly no “Pandemic P” anymore, it’s been Kawhi who has been responsible for the quick Clippers turnaround. Leonard is shooting 63% from the field and 48% from deep. With those kind of numbers, the supporting cast really doesn’t have to do all that much. The story of the series is if they can slow down Doncic. It’s impossible to stop him, but if the Clippers can again limit the damage he can cause, Game 5 is all but theirs.
NBA Betting Odds
Moneyline: DAL: (+225) | LAC: (-275)
Spread: DAL: +6.5 (-110) | LAC: -6.5 (-110)
Total: 217.5 – Over: (-110) I Under: (-110)
Odds to Win Series: DAL: (+280) | LAC: (-360)
Mavericks vs Clippers Betting Trends
- Dallas is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games.
- The total has gone over in seven of Dallas’ last nine games.
- The Clippers are 5-10 ATS over their last 15 games
- In the Clippers’ last eight matchups, the under has hit six times.
Mavericks vs Clippers Prediction
This NBA prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Los Angeles a 70.7% chance to win Game 5 of this NBA Playoffs matchup.
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