The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers will face off Wednesday night at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida, in Game 2 of the 2020 NBA Western Conference first-round series.
The Clippers beat the Mavs 118-110 in Game 1 this past Monday. After what we saw in the opener, we can expect a very interesting series between LA and Dallas. Therefore, here’s the best betting pick for Game 2 between the Clippers and Mavs along with all need-to-know betting tips and trends.
The Mavericks entered the bubble without four players including Jalen Brunson (shoulder) and Dwight Powell (Achilles). All other guys are ready to play Wednesday night. The Clippers are coming in full strength.
The Clippers opened as 6-point favorites on BetAmerica. They are -240 moneyline favorites on the same platform, while the Mavericks are listed as +200 underdogs. The total has been set at 230.0 points on Sugarhouse.
LA won the opener by eight points, playing as a 6.5-point fave with a total of 230.5 points.
What’s at Stake?
The Mavericks will try to tie the series, while another defeat will put them in a difficult position. Keep in mind there’s no audience on the stands and no home-court advantage in the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
The Clippers and Mavericks met each other twice in the bubble, and the Clippers won both contests. Back on Aug. 6, the Clippers thrashed of the Mavs 126-111 as 4-point favorites with a total of 231.0 points. They are undefeated in five straight encounters with the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic had a flaming debut Monday night, scoring 42 points along with nine assists, seven boards, and three steals in his first playoff appearance. However, he also had whopping 11 turnovers, while Kristaps Porzingis’ ejection in the third quarter was just too much for the Mavericks.
On the other side, Kawhi Leonard posted a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Paul George scored 27 points, while Lou Williams added 14 points and five dimes off the bench.
Both teams handed out 18 assists each, but the Mavericks had nine turnovers more than the Clippers. Also, the Clippers grabbed 11 offensive rebounds while allowing only five to the Mavs.
Luka Doncic will be a key player for the Mavericks in this series, but the rest of this Dallas team has to step up. Porzingis needs to cool down because the Clippers are a very deep team and will know how to take advantage of any Mavs’ mistake.
The Clippers have dominated the Mavs lately, winning 13 of their previous 19 encounters and covering 11 times in that span along with a push. LA is 5-0 SU and ATS in its last five matchups with Dallas, and the under is 3-2 in that stretch.
The Mavs fought bravely in Game 1 and even had a 14-point lead midway the second quarter. I think they will keep it close once more, but the spread is a tricky one at exactly six points.
Hereof, I would buy a few points and take the Mavs to cover as 8.5-point underdogs as my NBA pick. Three of the last five encounters between Dallas and LA were decided by nine or fewer points.
When it comes to the totals, I suggest you go with the over. The Clippers are a tough defensive team, but guarding Luka Doncic is almost impossible. The over is 5-2 in LA’s previous seven outings, and it is 4-2 in Dallas’ last six showings in the bubble.