In this duel between two squads sitting on the lower places of the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Clippers (17-13), who are struggling lately having won only once in their last seven games, are hosting the Dallas Mavericks (15-14), who are looking to end a losing streak of their own.
Date/Time: 12-20-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -3.5
Los Angeles Clippers have a 17-13 record (16-14 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Blazers in the 5th place of the West. They have lost six of their last seven matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Blazers with a 127-131 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tobias Harris 21.5 ppg, adding a team high 8.2 boards per game. He is followed by Danilo Gallinari with 19.1 ppg and 6 boards, while Lou Williams adds 17.2 ppg.
Dallas Mavericks have a 15-14 record (17-12 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with two more teams in the 7th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Nuggets with a 118-126 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Luka Doncic with 18.4 ppg, adding 6.7 boards and 4.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Harrison Barnes with 18.2 ppg and 4.3 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Mavericks won at home with a 114-110 score. Clippers have a 9-4 home record, while the Mavericks are 2-11 on the road. Clippers are better offensively, scoring 114.4 ppg to Mavs’ 109.9 ppg, while Mavericks are better defensively, allowing 108.7 ppg to Clippers’ 114.1 ppg. Clippers have better percentages both in field goals (46.8% to 45.5%) and in 3-pointers (37.3% to 34.6%). Clippers are better in boards grabbed (45.7 to 45.4) and in turnovers committed (14.3 to 15.6), while Mavericks are better in dimes made (22.8 to 22.3). Mavericks have only won twice on the road this season and Vegas odds give the Clippers a -3.5 spread. Expect them to beat the odds for the home win tonight.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction: Los Angeles Clippers -3.5 (-106)
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