Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers - 8/17/20 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Dallas Mavericks (43-32) at Los Angeles Clippers (48-23)
NBA Basketball: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -6 -- Over/Under: 231 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers meet Monday in game one of NBA playoff action at the AdventHealth Arena.
The Dallas Mavericks enter the playoffs losing seven of their last 11 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 117 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 28.8 points and 8.8 assists while Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 20.4 points and 9.5 rebounds. Tim Hardaway Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Seth Curry is dishing 1.9 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Clippers enter the playoffs winning 12 of their last 16 games. The Los Angeles Clippers are averaging 116.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.1 points and 7.1 rebounds while Paul George is averaging 21.5 points and 3.9 assists. Montrezl Harrell is the third double-digit scorer and Lou Williams is dishing 5.6 assists. The Los Angeles Clippers are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Clippers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.7 rebounds per game.
The Mavericks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Monday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Clippers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Monday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 overall. The over is 5-1 in Clippers last 6 overall. The Mavericks are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Los Angeles and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Dallas Mavericks didn't impress me all that much in the bubble, and they lost to the Clippers last week by 15 points. The Mavs struggle to play defense and I'm concerned about their scoring depth when teams focus on Luka and Porzingis more in a playoff series. The Los Angeles Clippers are about as complete as they've been in a while with Harrell back on the squad, and they've been nearly unbeatable this season when rolling with a full squad. The Dallas Mavericks are likely going to struggle at both ends of the floor in this game and the series overall.
I don't love laying a bunch of points on the table in playoff games, but there's a decent gap between these clubs. A healthy Clippers team should roll here.