The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers continue their first-round battle Monday night with Game 5 of their Western Conference playoff series that is tied at 2-2. We saw some spectacular games last week and the best is yet to come.
Therefore, we have prepared all the betting tips and trends you need to know along with our best betting pick for the Mavericks versus Clippers showdown Monday.
The Mavs restarted the season without four players including PG Jalen Brunson and center Dwight Powell. Kristaps Porzingis missed Game 4 due to a knee injury, and his Game 5 status is in limbo.
The Clippers are without Patrick Beverley (calf), and the defensive stopper is questionable to play Monday.
LA opened as a 6.5-point favorite with a total of 236.0 points on BetAmerica. The Mavericks are +215 moneyline dogs on Sugarhouse, while the Clippers are -255 favorites to win straight up. Los Angeles has been listed as a fave around six points in each of the previous four games, covering on two occasions.
What’s at Stake?
This is a huge game, and whoever comes on top will be one step away from the semis.
The Clippers had a 2-1 lead in this series, but they couldn’t make it 3-1 despite having a 21-point first-half lead. The Mavericks rallied without Porzingis and forced overtime to pull off an upset eventually.
The momentum is of the Mavs’ side, but the Clippers are an experienced team that knows how to deal with painful losses.
Luka Doncic is dominating the Clippers, and the reigning rookie of the year was terrific in a 135-133 overtime victory this past Sunday. He hit the buzzer-beater triple while posting his second straight triple-double.
Doncic finished the game with 43 points, 17 rebounds, and 13 assists, and he was a game-time decision due to an ankle injury.
The Mavericks executed well offensively once more, making 50.0% of their field goals. They scored 62 points in the paint and grabbed 13 rebounds more than their opponents.
The Clippers shot 46.4% from the field and 36.8% from deep, but their problems were on the other side of the ball. If they want to get back in the driving seat, the Clippers have to do a much better defensive job, especially on Doncic.
Kawhi Leonard is leading the way for the Clippers, scoring 30-plus points in three straight outings. However, Paul George was a walking disaster in Game 4, finishing with nine points on 3-for-14 shooting.
Over his previous three showings, George has been shooting 10-for-47.
At this moment, it seems that Porzingis will miss Game 5. If he remains on the sidelines, the Clippers have to step up defensively and take full advantage. Hereof, my top betting pick is Los Angeles to cover an alternative spread of four points at -170 odds.
The Clippers are 6-2 straight up and ATS in their last eight meetings with the Mavericks.
When it comes to the totals, the over is 3-1 in this series, hitting in each of the previous three contests. Anyway, I will stick with the Clippers to cover. Both Dallas and LA are lethal offensively, but the Clippers will have to step up defensively if want to avoid another upset. Also, the 236-point line seems high.