The Los Angeles Clippers (17-8) and Dallas Mavericks (17-11) will face off in a Western Conference affair Monday night inside the American Airlines Center.
Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles has won four of five games on its current six-game road trip and comes off an impressive 111-86 win over the Charlotte Bobcats as 9.5-point favorites. The Clippers are 7-5 away from the Staples Center this season, including a 3-4 mark against Western Conference opponents. The team has really been coming together offensively, scoring over 110 points three times this season. “We’re still working on it, but it’s a lot of fun,” stated Clippers power forward Blake Griffin about the team coming together. Los Angeles is 15-9 ATS and the “under” is 13-12 on the season.
The Clippers tallied a 91-89 win over the Mavericks in their first meeting this year as 3.5-point home underdogs on Jan. 18, but will now have to try and snap a nine-game losing streak in Dallas. Los Angeles watched all five starters reach double figures in scoring last time out, which is the first time that’s happened in a road game since March 27, 1993. The team is 13-0 on the year when allowing less than 96 points.
Dallas has won three games in a row and has also managed to go “over” the total in each of those contests, picking up a thrilling 97-94 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers as 4.5-point home favorites on Saturday. The Mavericks will look to forward Dirk Nowitzki on the offensive end, as he’s averaged 26.4 points over his last five games. He has tallied a 19-2 home record against tonight’s opponent in this career. Dallas is 8-7 ATS at home and the “under” is 9-6 in those contests.
The Mavericks are 10-5 at home on the season, which includes an 8-3 mark versus Western Conference opponents. Nowitzki averaged 20.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in four meetings with the Clippers in four meetings a year ago, but was limited to 17 points on 6-of-18 shooting in the first meeting this year. Dallas has split its last six games, with the average margin of victory on either side being 7.2 points a contest.
Bettors will likely back the Clippers due to their 5-2 ATS mark versus winning teams, while the Mavericks are 0-4 ATS at home.
Recommendation: Los Angeles Clippers +4.5
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