Dallas Mavericks (45-34) at Los Angeles Clippers (51-25)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm (AdventHealth Arena)
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 236 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers duke it out in Game 5 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Tuesday night.
The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to take the lead in the series for the first time after stunning the Clippers by 135-133 in overtime on Sunday. Luka Doncic led the way with a monster triple-double of 43 points with 17 rebounds and 13 assists, Trey Burke added 25 points while Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in with 21 points. As a team, the Mavericks shot 50 percent from the field and 13 of 36 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from an early 21-point deficit, before forcing overtime where they would steal the game on a clutch step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer from Doncic.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers must be so annoyed with themselves after blowing that 21-point lead against the Mavericks in Game 4 on Sunday. Lou Williams led the team in scoring with an efficient 36 points on 13 of 20 shooting off the bench, Kawhi Leonard added 32 points with nine rebounds and four assists while Ivica Zubac chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Clippers shot 46 percent from the field and 14 of 38 from the 3-point line as they dominated the game early on to lead by 21 points, before missing out a chance to win it in regulation as Leonard missed on the potential game-winner. Paul George continues to struggle as he finished with just nine points on three of 14 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win and 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Clippers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 playoff games as a favorite and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall, the Mavericks are 3-7-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles and the Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.
The Clippers were all over the Mavericks early in Game 4, but they relaxed like they had the game already won and it cost them. Even with a sprained ankle, Doncic was able to lead the Mavericks to the much-needed win to level the series, but he’ll have to be just as good on Tuesday as the Clippers will come out firing again. Patrick Beverley is unlikely to play on Tuesday, so the Clippers likely won’t be at full strength and George is still misfiring, so I’m sticking with the Mavericks and the points in this one.