The Los Angeles Clippers (16-10) travel to face off against the Dallas Mavericks (16-10) on Wednesday, December 20th. This game will be played at American Airlines Center. The Clippers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Mavericks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pacers. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Clippers vs Mavericks
The Clippers Are Coming Off A Win
The Clippers clinched a 151-127 win over the Pacers in their previous game. The Clippers not only secured a straight-up victory in this game but also covered the spread as -3.5-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 250 points in which the two teams surpassed.
As they prepare to face the Mavericks, the Clippers are hoping to add to their above .500 record of 16-10. In their 26 games, the Clippers have gone 13-8 against Western Conference opponents while going 3-2 in non-conference play.
Against the spread, the Clippers have covered in four straight games and have an overall ATS record of 13-13. Los Angeles has covered the spread in two consecutive road games, while maintaining an ATS record of 5-7 on the road as opposed to 8-6 at home.
The Mavericks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Mavericks is coming off a loss to the Nuggets in their latest game, ending with a score of 130-104. Alongside their straight-up loss, the Mavericks couldn’t cover as +8.5 point underdogs. Concerning the over/under, the total of 234 points remained below the established over/under line of 239.5.
The Mavericks come into today’s game vs. the Clippers with a 16-10 record, including going 6-4 in their last ten games. In the Western Conference, the Mavericks are in 5th place, while they sit atop the Southwest division.
Dallas has an overall ATS record of 14-12 as they come into today’s game. On the road, the Mavericks have an ATS record of 9-5, as opposed to a 5-7 record against the spread when playing at home.
Clippers Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Los Angeles offense is the 9th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Clippers will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.4 made 3’s per game. Despite struggling with their outside shot, Los Angeles remains one of the better offensive units in large part to their ability to get to the charity stripe. So far, the team is averaging 19.2 made free-throws per game.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Mavericks are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 119.3 points per game (6th). The Mavericks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.8 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 99.7 possessions per contest.
Clippers Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Clippers’ defense is giving up an average of 110.7 points per contest.
Los Angeles struggled on the boards in their last game vs. the Pacers, giving up 14. For the game, Indiana scored 127 points in the game.
Mavericks Team Defense
Facing Los Angeles, the Mavericks aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 117.6 points allowed per game (22).
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Mavericks are forcing 11.6 per game, which is 3rd in the league. They also come into the game sitting 24th in blocked shots at 4.4 per game.
Key Players For The Clippers And Mavericks
Our game forecasts for today suggest that Kawhi Leonard is set to be the main scorer for the Clippers, recording 19 points and shooting 7/12 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 24.2 points per game, along with 5.8 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Luka Doncic as the leading scorer for the Mavericks. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 26 while also collecting 7 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 49% and is averaging 32.9 points per contest.
Clippers vs Mavericks Trends
- When looking at their past ten road matchups, Los Angeles has an ATS record of 5-5 while averaging 117 per game. The team went 5-5 overall in these games.
- Across their last three home contests, Dallas has been good against the spread posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 118 points per game.
- In their last three games as the betting underdog, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 1-2 and an ATS mark of 1-2.
- Los Angeles has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-0 SU and 3-0 ATS in their last three games.
The Mavericks come in as the underdog at +3.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 239.5, and our model projects the Clippers and Mavericks to reach a combined total of 225 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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