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NBA Best Bets - DAL vs. LAC 8/17

by Covers.com
Updated On: August 16, 2020, 5:28 pm ET

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers Game 1 betting preview


NBA odds to win series

Dallas: +370
Los Angeles: -500


Dallas: C Willie Cauley-Stein (Out), PF Dwight Powell (Out), PG Jalen Brunson (Out), SG Courtney Lee (Out)
Los Angeles: C Montrezl Harrell (Probable), PG Patrick Beverley (Questionable), PG Landry Shamet (Questionable)
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Betting trend to know

The Clippers are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games against Western Conference opponents. Find more NBA betting trends for Mavericks vs. Clippers.



The Clippers have been waiting for the playoffs to start since November. With Leonard (27.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.8 apg) and George (21.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.9 apg) leading the way, Los Angeles rolled to a 49-win regular season while boasting the best average scoring margin (+6.4) in the entire Western Conference.

The Mavericks probably deserved better than their 43-32 record. Their +4.9 average scoring margin was third-best in the West. But Dallas struggled mightily in the bubble, going 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS. That stretch includes a 126-111 loss to the Clippers in which Doncic scored 29 points but was limited to six assists and three rebounds while committing four turnovers.

The Clippers are better and healthier, and won all three regular-season meetings. And they'll cover in Monday's series opener.

PREDICTION: Clippers -6 (-110)



Things got a bit crazy in the bubble, with game totals routinely ending up north of 240 points. Even the Clippers and Mavericks got in on the action when they faced off, reaching 237 points to convert the Over. But the sides averaged just 215 in their previous two head-to-head meetings this season, coming in below the oddsmakers' number both times. 

The Mavericks had one of the league's worst points-per-game allowed averages after the re-start, but three of their eight games went to overtime while two others came against high-octane opponents in Portland and Phoenix. 

We like this game looking a lot more like the first two meetings between these teams than the third one.

PREDICTION: Under 230 (-110)



Getting off to a good start is obviously paramount for both teams – and neither has had much trouble doing so this season. The Mavericks are the No. 1 first-quarter team in the league, averaging an incredible 30.1 points over the opening 12 minutes. The Clippers finished 10th overall at 28.8 points per game.

The Clippers scored 30+ points in the first quarter of just two of their eight games in the bubble, and with both sides looking to be more responsible defensively, we're leaning toward another 20-something opening quarter here.

PREDICTION: Clippers Under 30.5 1st Quarter points (-125)


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Mavericks vs Clippers Betting Card

  • Clippers -6 (-110)
  • Under 230 (-110)
  • Clippers Under 30.5 1st Quarter points (-125)


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