Clippers vs. Mavs Betting Line

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Carrie Stroup
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Clippers vs. Mavs Betting Line

Carrie Stroup here with your Clippers vs. Mavs betting line courtesy of Line: Dallas -2.5, Total: 203.5                                                                

Two playoff-bound Western Conference teams, the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks, meet up on Friday night.                                                                                                                  

The Clippers have put together another great season so far and have gone 9-4 both SU and ATS since Feb. 9. They’ve played on the road in six of the past eight games, winning four of them SU and ATS. On Wednesday, they took on the Thunder and earned a big 120-108 win as 6.5-point underdogs; marking the fourth time in their past five wins that they had a margin of victory in the double-digits. Los Angeles made an amazing 15-of-30 three-pointers in the high-scoring matchup as four of the five starters put up 18 or more points.

Dallas has not been doing the best of late with SU losses in five of its past seven games (1-6 ATS). They’ve averaged a meager 91.6 PPG in that stretch and scored more than 100 points just once. The Mavericks were dominated when they took on the Cavaliers on Tuesday and lost 127-94 as 4-point underdogs at home. The offense made a mere 33-of-81 shots (41% FG), including 5-of-20 threes (25% 3PM) and 23-of-33 free throws (70% FT), as they let Cleveland hit more than half of its shots and put in 15 threes.

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The Clips haven’t been horrible on the road, putting together an 18-14 SU record (14-18 ATS) as they go against a Dallas crew that is 21-11 SU (13-17-2 ATS) at home. It has been all L.A. in the series with this opponent over the past three years as the Clippers are 7-2 SU (5-4 ATS) in the past three seasons. They have continued the domination of the Mavericks this year, winning each of the first two games both SU and ATS as they had an average margin of victory of 18.5 PPG. They scored 117.5 PPG in the two contests and had only 16 combined turnovers.

Some trends to watch include that the Clippers are 7-3 ATS (70%) off a win of 10 or more as an underdog in the past three seasons while Dallas is 13-4 ATS (76%) after a blowout loss by 20 points or more in the same timeframe. The injury list has PF Blake Griffin (Elbow) and SG Jamal Crawford (Calf) out for Los Angeles as the Mavericks have SF Al-Farouq Aminu (Shoulder) listed as probable.                                                                                                          

The Clippers have one of the most prolific offenses in the league and trail only Golden State in scoring with 106.2 PPG as they make 47% of their shots (2nd in league). They have struggled a little defensively, though, with 100.2 PPG allowed (12th-worst in league) behind 44.4% shooting.

PG Chris Paul (18.4 PPG, 10.1 APG, 4.8 RPG, 1.8 SPG) has been huge (22.2 PPG, 12.2 APG, 1.8 SPG) over the past three contests and is coming off a monster (33 points, 9 assists, 2 steals) performance against the Thunder on Wednesday. He’s had a double-double in each of his matchups with Dallas this season, averaging 21.0 PPG, 13.0 APG and 1.5 SPG.

C DeAndre Jordan (11.3 PPG, 14.6 RPG, 2.2 BPG) has double-digit rebounds in the past 14 contests and has nine double-doubles over that stretch. It has been no different in his time against the Mavericks, and he went for 22 points, 27 rebounds and three blocks the last time they met.

SG J.J. Redick (15.3 PPG, 43% 3PM) has stepped up with Crawford out and has 23.8 PPG with 1.8 SPG over the last four games. He’s played solid against Dallas this season, hitting 7-of-12 three-pointers and scoring 15.5 PPG.                                                                                                       

The Mavericks are no slouches on offense as they pour in 104.3 PPG (5th in league) with 45.9% of their shots going in (6th in league). Defense has been somewhat of an issue though as they are giving up 100.8 PPG (10th-worst in league) on 44.6% shooting.

SG Monta Ellis (19.2 PPG, 4.3 APG, 1.9 SPG) is one of the streakier players in the game and has struggled from the field over the past five games (38% FG) as he nets 17.2 PPG. He was on the court for a mere four minutes in the last game against the Clippers but did well (23 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds) in the first contest on the year.

PF Dirk Nowitzki (17.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG) has also seen his shooting stroke suffer recently with just 36% of his attempts dropping in the past five games in which he is going for just 12.6 PPG. He hasn’t had many issues when going against Los Angeles with 21.5 PPG and 6.5 RPG in the two games.

C Tyson Chandler (10.4 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 1.2 BPG) has not been playing at the level he started the season at and has scored in single-digits in each of his past five performances. He left with an injury very early in the last game against this opponent and scored a mere five points to go along with 10 rebounds and two blocks back in early January.

- Carrie Stroup, Senior Reporter

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