The Los Angeles Clippers had no problems with the Dallas Mavericks during the regular season, winning each of their three meetings -- twice by 15 points. Los Angeles is hoping to continue the trend when it meets Dallas on Monday in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. The second-seeded Clippers, who won four of their final five games of the regular season, have yet to advance past the second round of the playoffs in their history, while the seventh-seeded Mavericks are seeking their first series win since capturing the NBA championship in 2011.
Tip-off at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Fla. is set for 9 p.m. ET. William Hill lists Los Angeles as a 6.5-point favorite, while the over-under is 231 in the latest Mavericks vs. Clippers odds. Before making Clippers vs. Mavericks picks, see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
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- Mavericks vs. Clippers spread: Los Angeles -6
- Mavericks vs. Clippers over-under: 231 points
- Mavericks vs. Clippers money line: Dallas +230, Los Angeles -275
- DAL: The Mavericks finished third in the league with an average of 117 points
- LAC: Leonard has scored at least 23 points in 11 consecutive games
Why the Mavericks can cover
Dallas is an offensive machine, as it has not been held under 100 points in any of its last 43 contests. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis have led the way for the Mavericks, averaging 28.8 and 20.4 points, respectively, while playing more than 31 minutes per game. Both players appear to have benefited from the stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic as they have turned it up a notch in the bubble.
Doncic appeared in seven of Dallas' eight games and scored 25 or more points six times. The 21-year-old Slovenian shooting guard has averaged 30 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.7 assists during the restart. Porzingis, a 25-year-old power forward from Latvia who is listed as probable due to a heel contusion, has produced 30.5 points, 9.5 boards and 1.5 blocks over five games since the season resumed.
Why the Clippers can cover
Dallas ranked third in the league in scoring during the regular season, averaging 117 points, and was held under 100 only twice -- with Los Angeles accomplishing the feat once. But the Clippers were one of the best teams defensively against the Mavericks, keeping them well under their season average (99, 107, 111). Meanwhile, Los Angeles also can score with the best of them, as it was fourth in the league with a 116.3-point average.
The Clippers will be focused as they geared up for a run at the first championship in franchise history with the offseason additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. A two-time NBA Finals MVP, Leonard led the team in scoring (career-best 27.1 points) while George was second (21.5). Los Angeles also is expected to have Montrezl Harrell (18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds) back in the lineup Monday after the power forward was away from the team for the entire restart due to a death in the family.
How to make Clippers vs. Mavericks picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under the total, as the teams are projected to combine for 230 points in the simulations. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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