Pointspread: Los Angeles
Total line: OFF
The Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers clash this Wednesday night at the Staples Center in an early season showdown between two of the top teams in the Western Conference. The tip-off is slated for 10:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Dallas will try and avoid the LA-sweep after losing to the Lakers 73-70 on Monday as a 3.5-point road underdog. The loss dropped the Mavericks to 8-6 straight-up on the year, but they are still a healthy 10-4 against the spread. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 10 of their 14 games.
The defending world champs are off to an up-and-down start, but Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry remain in championship form. Nowitzki leads the team with 17.9 points a game, while Terry remains one of the best sixth-men in the league with 14.4 points and 3.8 assists a game. Vince Carter is listed as questionable for this game after injuring his foot against the Lakers.
The Clippers will take a three-game winning streak into Tuesday night’s clash with Utah after knocking-off New Jersey 101-91 on Monday as nine-point home favorites. LA is now 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS overall, but 6-1 SU (5-2 ATS) at home this season. The total has gone 5-5 in its 10 games.
Injuries are starting to be a concern for the Clippers as both Chris Paul and Mo Williams are listed as questionable for Tuesday night game and could be nicked-up for this game as well. Keep a close eye on this situation as it will have a direct impact on the opening line.
Dallas is 18-6-2 ATS in its last 26 games with playing on at least one day of rest and the total has stayed ‘under’ in its last five games following a day off.
Los Angeles is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games heading into Tuesday’s game with the Jazz. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of its last five games against the Southwest Division.
Head-to-head, the Mavericks are 7-0 ATS in the last seven meetings and 5-0 ATS in their last five road games against the Clippers. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 11 of the last 14 meetings in LA.
The Mavericks are just 2-4 SU on the road this season, but stick with them to get the straight-up win on Wednesday night against a banged-up Clippers’ team that will be playing their fourth game in five nights.
The Free NBA Pick: Dallas 89 Los Angeles 83
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