Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 3/27/14
Los Angeles Clippers (50-21) at Dallas Mavericks (43-29)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks +2 -- Over/Under: 213 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Clippers will play back-to-back road games when they visit the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. This is the third of four schedule meetings, and the Clippers lead the series 2-0.
The Clippers are coming off a 98-96 loss Wednesday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. In the loss, Los Angeles points guard Chris Paul finished 0-12 from the field. The Clippers are now 10-2 SU in the month of March. On the season, the Clippers average 107.5 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allow 100.4 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Jamal Crawford is coming off a 31-point performance in which he made seven threes out of 15 attempts. The Clippers are 39-31-1 ATS overall and 21-13-1 ATS on the road.
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Three of the Mavericks last four games have gone into overtime, as they’ve won five of their last seven games. On the season, the Mavericks average 105 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allow 102.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting. While Dirk Nowitzki continues to play at a high level, Monta Ellis is playing some of his best basketball, as he’s shooting 49.4 percent from the field and averaging 22.8 points in his last five games. The Mavs have scored 100-plus points in 10 of their last 12 games. The Dallas Mavericks are 40-32 ATS overall and 17-19 ATS at home.
The Clippers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games playing on 1 days rest. The Clippers are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Dallas.
While both teams have been hot, it’s nearly impossible to back away from the Mavericks and the points in this one. Dallas has had a day of rest and is at home, while the Clippers are traveling on zero days rest and coming off a tough loss to the Pelicans.
Take the Mavs in this matchup.