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Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers Predictions & Tips – Clippers To Claim Game 1

  • Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers predictions for Saturday
  • Mavericks-Clippers to tip-off at 21:30 BST at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
  • Dallas edged the regular season series 2-1
  • Clippers tipped to gain early upper-hand in series
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Leigh Copson 20 May 2021
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Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers Predictions & Tips


LA lost the regular season series but can draw first blood in the playoffs.

The Clippers boast one of the better defences in the NBA and Dallas rely heavily on Luka Doncic at times.

If LA can slow down Doncic they can cover and take Game 1.

  • Los Angeles Clippers are on an 8-2 run at home
  • Los Angeles Clippers rank #4 in average points allowed per game (107.8)
  • Los Angeles Clippers rank #4 in total points allowed (7,764)
  • Dallas Mavericks are on a 5-4 run on the road
  • The winner covered a -5.0 spread in all 3 regular season meetings
  • All 3 regular season meetings produced -221.5 total points

Head To Head


  • Dallas Mavericks lead the all-time series 97-71
  • Dallas Mavericks lead the regular season series 95-67

Dallas Mavericks Form & Team News


Dallas won 12 of their final 16 games to come into the postseason in solid form.

They have been hit-and-miss on the road in recent times, going 5-4 on their travels since early April.

The Mavericks remain without JJ Redick (heel) and Tyrell Terry (personal) for Game 1 of the series.

Maxi Kleber (Achilles) is considered day-to-day.

Los Angeles Clippers Form & Team News


Los Angeles lost six of their final 10 games, but they did take an opportunity to rest some key men.

Marcus Morris, Nicolas Batum, Kawhi Leonard and Rajon Rondo will all return for Sunday night.

Reggie Jackson (Achilles) and DeMarcus Cousins (foot) are day-to-day

Amir Coffey will definitely sit this one out though as he remains in medical protocols.

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Verdict

Dallas had LA’s number in the regular season but that may not be the case in Game 1.

The Clippers are on a decent run at home and will have all of their key players available here.

Best Bet: LA Clippers -5.0 Spread @-111.11 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: LA -3.5 & -221.5 Spread & Total Points @198.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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