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Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Game 2 Prediction And Betting Odds

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Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Game 2: BETTING TIPS, PREDICTION & BETTING ODDS

Arguably the biggest disappointment over the weekend, at least from a bettors perspective, were the Dallas Mavericks who completely disappeared in their Game 1 loss to the Clippers. Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving combined for 64 of the 97 points scored, just one other Mavs player scored in double figures in the 12-point loss on Sunday. As a team they shot 38% from the field and 30% from three, head coach Jason Kidd has a lot of work to do prior to Game 2. One thing that’ll have to improve is the Mavericks defense, they finished the regular season with the 3rd best defensive rating over their last 10 games. Rebounding could be the key, don’t be surprised they make a line-up change and add another big body in there to battle with Ivica Zubac who dominated the glass in Game 1.

In total 3 Clippers players scored 20 or more points in that win on Sunday. We expected that from Paul George and James Harden, but to get 20 points and 15 boards from Zubac was huge. Kawhi Leonard is still out, there’s no timetable set for his return and the Clippers will just have to hold down the fort until that happens. I was impressed by their defensive effort in the 2nd quarter as they held Dallas to just 8 points scored. Can they sustain that on Tuesday? I like their chances with big Zu at the center position. As a team the Clippers are averaging over 15 offensive rebounds per game in their last 3 games, getting extra possessions in a playoff game is often crucial. In those 3 games they’ve also held their opponents to under 108 points, things are looking bright from LA’s perspective here.

LA Clippers Point Spread Prediction

Clippers -1 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

It might be a controversial pick, but I’m sticking with the Clippers for Game 2. The ending of the regular season was strong for Dallas, but right now they just don’t look like that team. LA has the size advantage and their offense looks way more fluid. Back the Clippers to cover.

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Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Game 2 Total Points: Under 216.5

Under 216.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

We’re seeing a decrease of 5 points on the projected total for Game 2 compared to Sunday’s game, even the oddsmakers aren’t expecting any fireworks on offense here. Dallas’s offensive numbers have gone down dramatically over the last 3 games, they’ve put up an average of just 90.6 points per game on the Pistons, Thunder and Clippers. Granted, in two of those games they rested their starters which is now looking like a bad move, since they’ve completely gone out of sync. Doncic and Irving will get their numbers, but the strategy of Ty Lue and the Clippers is to shut down everyone else. LA ranked just 20th in pace this season, with Kawhi Leonard still one the sidelines they would be wise to keep the tempo of this game under control. In the last 10 meetings between the two teams we’ve seen the under cash 8 times with an average of just 215.7 points per game scored. I’ll lean slightly on the under in Game 2 as well.

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