LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction NBA Picks 5/3/24

Dallas Mavericks (52-34) vs LA Clippers (53-33)

Game Info: Friday, May 3, 2024 at 9:30 pm (American Airlines Center)

Betting Odds: Dallas Mavericks -8 / LA Clippers -8 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The LA Clippers and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday in Game 6 West NBA Playoffs action at the American Airlines Center. Here’s a LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction.

LA Clippers Betting Preview

The LA Clippers need a win here to save their season and force a game 7 on Sunday. The LA Clippers are averaging 100.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting. James Harden is averaging 22.2 points and 4 rebounds, while Paul George is averaging 19.8 points and 6 rebounds. Ivica Zubac is the third double-digit scorer and Kawhi Leonard is grabbing 8 rebounds. The LA Clippers are shooting 39.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.6 percent from the free throw line. The LA Clippers are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game.

Dallas Mavericks Betting Preview

The Dallas Mavericks look to make the second round of the playoffs for the second time since the 2011-12 season. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 105.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 100.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 30.2 points and 8.8 assists, while Kyrie Irving is averaging 25.8 points and 5.6 rebounds. PJ Washington is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick Jones Jr. is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 39.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game.

Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Injury Report

Greg Brown III remains out for the Mavericks due to a personal issue. Olivier-Maxence Prosper and Tim Hardaway Jr. have been ruled out for the Mavs with ankle injuries. Kawhi Leonard remains out indefinitely with a knee injury, and I believe we won’t see him for the remainder of the series. Kawhi tried twice to push through it and didn’t look right. While anything could happen and it’s important to check for updates before betting, I wouldn’t expect to see Kawhi suit up.

Dallas Mavericks Player Facts

  • Luka Doncic ranks 1st amongst qualified players for points per game (33.9) this season.
  • Daniel Gafford ranks 1st amongst qualified players for FG% (72.5%) this season.

Los Angeles Clippers Player Facts

  • Paul George ranks 1st amongst qualified Forwards for FT% (90.7%) this season.
  • Ivica Zubac ranks 3rd amongst qualified players for FG% (64.9%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Mavericks rank 2nd in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (4.0).
  • The Mavericks rank 2nd in the league for three-point field goal attempts per game this season (39.5).
  • The Clippers are one of only two teams to record five or more losses when leading by a margin of 10+ points after Q1 this season.
  • The Clippers rank 3rd in the league for free throw percentage this season (82.5%).

LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction

I considered the Clippers and the points, because this is a lot of points to just throw out there for a team playing for its season. With that said, the Clippers looked lifeless in their game 5 loss at home, so I have to wonder if they can just flip a switch and play better on the road. Luka said he needed to play better after the game 4 loss, and he looked more like Luka in game 5. If Kyrie and Luka are both cooking, the Clippers just don't have enough horses to counter, especially with no Kawhi. At this stage of their careers, Harden and PG13 are hit or miss, and they were terrible in game 5. If the Mavs get off to a fast start, they could easily cruise to a comfortable win. I'll lay the chalk with the Mavs, as they make the second round of the playoffs for the second time in over a decade. 

Randy’s Pick Dallas Mavericks -8

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