LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Preview and Predictions -01-21-2020
It’s a battle of Western Conference teams solidly in the playoff picture in the Lone Star State. The LA Clippers are on the road as they travel to face the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night. LA earned a 133-130 road win over New Orleans in their last game Sunday afternoon. Dallas downed Portland 120-112 at home Friday night in their previous contest. The Mavericks lead the all-time regular season series between the teams 93-64 but the Clippers have won two straight meetings. That includes a 114-99 road win in the first matchup this season on November 26, 2019.
LA Clippers Seek Fourth Straight Win
LA was in an offensive bonanza against the Pelicans on the road but did enough to escape with a high-scoring victory. The Clippers entered Monday second in the Pacific Division, 4.5 games behind the Lakers. In the Western Conference playoff picture, the team stood second, 4.5 games behind the Lakers. LA trailed by eight at the half after giving up a staggering 80 first half points and still trailed by eight after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the Clippers used a 7-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to take a 125-117 lead and held the Pelicans at bay the rest of the way. LA shot 49.5 percent from the field, including 10 of 31 from three-point range, and overcame allowing New Orleans to shoot 53.5 percent in the game. Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 39 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals in the win.
The Clippers are currently 4th in the league in scoring offense with 116.2 points per game. LA is 3rd in the league in rebounding with 48 boards per game and stand 18th in assists with 23.6 per contest. The Clippers are average defensively, ranking 14th in scoring defense by allowing 109.6 points per game. Paul George is second on the team with 23.5 points, six rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on the season. Kawhi Leonard contributes a team-leading 26.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists this year. Lou Williams (20 points, 6.2 assists) and Montrezl Harrell (19.3 points, 7.1 rebounds) are both averaging in double figures as well. JaMychal Green, Ivica Zubac, Patrick Beverley, Patrick Patterson and Landry Shamet are other key pieces for Doc Rivers. LA is 11th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.6 percent from the floor. The Clippers are 18th in three pointers a game with 11.7 per contest and tied for 12th in three-point shooting as they hit 35.9 percent of their long-range attempts. George has been out since tweaking his hamstring January 8 and is in LA while the team is on the road for this six-game road trip.
Dallas Mavericks Look for Five Straight Victories
Dallas earned their fourth straight win as they took care of business against Portland in their last contest Friday night. The Mavericks entered Monday holding the top spot in the Southwest Division by half a game over the Rockets. In the Western Conference playoff picture, Dallas stood fifth in the standings, seven games behind the Lakers for the top spot. The Mavericks led by one after the opening quarter and took a nine-point edge at halftime and held Portland off the rest of the way. Dallas shot 43.8 percent from the floor, including draining 20 of 47 three-point attempts, and overcame allowing Portland to shoot 51.8 percent from the floor. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the contest.
The Mavericks enter this contest third in the league in scoring offense with 116.7 points per game on the season. Dallas stands fourth in rebounding with 47.6 boards per game while they rank 15th in assists by dishing out 24.2 dimes per contest. The Mavericks are 13th in scoring defense as they allow an average of 109.4 points per game on the year. Luka Doncic leads the team with 28.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and nine assists per contest this season. Kristaps Porzingis contributes 17.3 points plus 9.4 rebounds per game while Tim Hardaway Jr. (14.4 points) is also a solid contributor on the offensive end. Maxi Kleber (9.1 points), Dorian Finney-Smith, Seth Curry (10.6 points) and Dwight Powell are key pieces in the Mavericks’ rotation. Dallas is tied for 12th in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.3 percent as a team from beyond the arc. The Mavericks are second by knocking down 14.9 three-pointers per contest on the year. Dallas stands tied for 8th in three-point shooting as they hit 36.4 percent from beyond the arc this season. Porzingis is expected to return here after missing the last 10 games with a sore knee.
The Dallas Mavericks (often referred to as the Mavs) are an American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. The Mavericks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the American Airlines Center, which it shares with the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars.
As of the 2017 season, the Mavericks have sold out 707 consecutive games since December 15, 2002, the longest currently running sellout streak in North American major league sports.
Since their inaugural 1980–81 season, the Mavericks have won three division titles (1987, 2007, 2010), two conference championships (2006, 2011), and one NBA championship (2011).