Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks - 3/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (40-21) at Dallas Mavericks (33-30)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 210 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers travel to the American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks tonight.
The Clippers have won four of their last six games but they'll be looking to bounce back after having their three-game win streak snapped by the Hawks in a 107-97 loss on Saturday. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan led the scoring with 17 points apiece, Jeff Green added 14 points while JJ Redick had 10 points but in a tightly contested game, it was the Hawks who would break free with a game-winning 25-9 run to soar past the Clippers after trailing by as many as 17 points in the second quarter. With the loss, the Clippers fall to 40-21 on the season which is good for fourth place in the Western Conference standings.
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Meanwhile, the Mavericks will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after falling at Denver by 116-114 in overtime last night. Dirk Nowitzki had it going early and finished with a team-high 30 points, David Lee added 18 points off the bench while Deron Williams had 17 points and five assists but it just wasn't enough for the Mavs who lost the game after giving away a couple of free throws with 0.9 seconds in the game. With the loss, Dallas falls to 33-30 overall which is currently good enough for sixth place in the Western Conference.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games following a loss and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games, while the Mavs are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the over is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings.
The Clippers have been very good at covering spreads on the road and I think this will be another example of that as the Mavs just can't seem to put it all together as they're defense has been below par for their last two games. Take LA to pull away from a tight contest and run away with the win.