Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 3/13/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Clippers (42-23) at Dallas Mavericks (41-25)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 202.5 See the Latest Odds
The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the American Airlines Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers have won five of their last seven overall and they'll be looking for a third straight win after earning a marquee 120-108 win over the Thunder on Wednesday. Chris Paul had a monster game of 33 points and nine assists while playing great defense on Russell Westbrook, while JJ Redick added 25 points and Matt Barnes had 22 as the Clippers dominated the red-hot Thunder in their own building. As a team, the Clippers got off to a sensational start and poured on 100 points after three quarters thanks to 15 of 30 shooting from the three-point line, but the best part was that they were able to stifle the Thunder's Westbrook, forcing him into 10 turnovers. With the win, LA improved to 42-23 on the season and 18-14 on the road which keeps them climbing up the Western standings.
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Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have lost five of their last seven and will still be licking their wounds after getting routed by the Cavaliers to the score of 127-94 on Tuesday. Chandler Parsons returned to the court and led the way with 18 points, Monta Ellis had 17 while Amar'e Stoudemire added 15, but the Mavs were just horrible on defense. On too many possessions, the Cavaliers were able to swing the ball and find the open shooter uncontested on the perimeter and it really burned the Mavs as the Cavs sunk 15 of 32 threes. After the loss, Stoudemire publicly called out his teammates about their lack of effort, so expect an improved level of intensity tonight.
In ATS trends, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Mavs are 4-10-2 ATS in their last 16 games following a loss and 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games following a loss of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Clippers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Dallas and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Mavs have just been playing too poor lately for me to back them with much confidence, even at home. Therefore, I'm just going to stick with the team in better form and take the Clippers to win this one on the road.