With both teams being tied 2-2 wins in this thrilling Western Conference quarterfinal, the Clippers are once again facing the Mavericks. Dallas played without Porzingis in Game 3 but with an unearthly performance by Luka Doncic, managed to overcome the Clippers in OT and tie the series. Both teams are looking for a third win tonight that will give them a huge advantage.
Date/Time: 08-25-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Clippers -6.5 Total: +235
Clippers had a 49-23 record in the regular season (41-31 ATS). They finished in the second place of the West. They have lost two of their last three matches. In their last game they lost against the Mavericks in Game 4 in overtime, 133-135. They were a -7 favorite but failed covered the handicap.
Kawhi Leonard leads the team both in scoring with 33 ppg and in rebounding with 10 per game. He also adds 5 assists per game. Paul George continues to struggle, averaging just 15.3 ppg on 29% shooting.
Mavericks had a 43-32 record in the regular season (37-35-3 ATS). They finished seventh in the West. They have won two of their last three matches. In their last game they won against the Clippers in OT, 135-133. They were a 7-point underdog but managed to cover the spread.
Luka Doncic leads the team in scoring with 31.5 ppg, in assists made with 9.8 and in rebounding with 10.5. He is coming off a monster triple double (43 pts, 13 assists, 17 rebounds).
Clippers lead the Mavericks 6-2 wins this season.
Dallas is better offensively (117.3 to 116.7 ppg), in assists made (24.5 to 23.5) and in turnovers committed (12.7 to 14.4).
On the other hand, Clippers are better defensively (110.6 to 112.7 ppg) and in rebounding (47.5 to 46.9).
Both teams have similar percentages both in field goals (46.6% to 46.2%) and in 3-pointers (37% to 36.8%).
Bookmakers give the Clippers a -6.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. Both wins were by an average of 8 points and the Mavs will surely force another close game.
Mavericks vs Clippers Game 5 Prediction: Dallas Mavericks +6.5 (-110)