Mavericks vs Clippers Betting Preview
The Gold Sheet offers their NBA betting preview for Friday night’s Western Conference playoff showdown between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers. Luka Doncic scored 70 points with 18 assists and 17 rebounds in Games 1 and 2 in Los Angeles. What will he do on his home court tonight?
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Time for some boxing analogies in this Game 3, as it’s readily apparent that the Clippers, down 2-0, have been pushed into a corner by the Mavs. Now, will LA be more like Jerry Quarry in the WBA elimination tourney in 1967, when twice bouncing off the ropes to drop Floyd Patterson? Or, will it be the Quarry of the Joe Frazier fights in 1969 & ‘74, stuck on the ropes and never effectively escaping? A bit reluctantly, perhaps, we’re opting for the former, even though we are suddenly wondering about Clip chemistry, the often-brooding (at least outwardly) Paul George, and even HC Ty Lue, whose greatest accomplishments on the sidelines came with LeBron James pulling most of the strings and effectively coaching from the floor in Cleveland.
Luka Doncic is sure not making easy on the Clips, scoring 35 ppg across the pair of Dallas wins in Games 1 & 2 at Staples Center, and having tallied 112 points spanning the past three vs. LA if adding his 42-point effort in the 105-89 St. Patrick’s Day win in Big D. Doncic also got ample help during the first two wins in this series, with Tim Hardaway Jr. contributing 25 ppg in Games 1 & 2 at Staples and now-healthy Kristaps Porzingis adding 20 in Tuesday’s win. Pugnacious PG Jalen Brunson is also hitting 57% from the floor off the bench across the first two wins.
Focused on Game 3. pic.twitter.com/aUWwg1z7HQ
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) May 26, 2021
So, why back the Clips? Because Kawhi Leonard has won two more NBA titles than the Dallas roster combined, and appears ready to carry the Clips if need be after scoring 41 in a losing effort on Tuesday. Besides George’s 28 in Game 2, LA didn’t get much other help, but the supporting cast is capable of a lot more, especially Marcus Morris (13 ppg in reg season, but only 13 pts combined in the first two games). As for Lue, he still has plenty of bodies (including Patrick Beverley and Rajon Rondo) to run at Doncic and take a shot at slowing him down. The current Clips losing streak of four (their longest of the season) also misleads a bit as it includes regular-season enders at Houston and OKC when Lue deliberately geared things down. If the real LA that won 47 of its first 70 games (before this recent mini-skid) shows up, as we expect, this series is back on after tonight. Play Clippers
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