LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks Preview
Topping Game 4 is going to be a tough task as the Luka Doncic show continues. Dallas was able to even the series through a massive game from Doncic. The Clippers continued to have issues protecting the rim and Paul George’s shot continues to be a mystery. Just like last game, the Clippers are six-point favorites. Kristaps Porzingis remains banged up and is questionable. The MRI did come back negative, but already having a major knee injury Dallas will play this one safe. Trey Burke is probable and was a big factor in the win. As for the Clippers, Patrick Beverley is likely not going to be able to suit up and it is very clear Los Angeles misses his energy in the backcourt as Reggie Jackson and Lou Williams are not a threat defensively. The big question is will the Mavs continue their momentum or was Game 4 a wake up call for this Clippers team?
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Arena: HP Field House, Orlando, FL
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LA Clippers Starting Lineup
The Clippers find themselves in a best of three series now and it was another close game. Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams both scored over 30 points in the Game 3 loss as nobody else scored more than 15 points. Paul George continues to struggle from the field and an injury might be a reason why, but no news has come out. With no real help from Marcus Morris and Montrezl Harrell as they have struggled on both sides of the floor, this Clippers team finds themselves in a rut. The interior defense has been an issue for the Clippers this round which was a bit of a surprise, but the Mavs being able to score from anywhere in the bigger surprise. Trey Burke and Yom Hardaway Jr have had major moments in this series. Both these teams are averaging over 120 points per game this season. But the Mavs shooting 49% from the field is uncharacteristic for this Clippers defense despite the Mavs being one of the best offensive teams in the league.
Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup
With Kristaps Porzingis questionable in this one, we will see Dallas go small if Porzingis is indeed out again. Trey Burke saw 37 minutes and was red hot going 10-14 from the field. While I wouldn’t expect a performance like that again, Burke will have to be a key player. You usually do not see Kawhi Leonard in the negative, but the Mavs have been able to figure this Clippers team out, especially getting to the rim. This has been a plus given the shot isn’t always going to be on from the field. Both of these teams have been even throughout, but the difference has been when the Mavs get multiple players scoring, the Clippers are falling short because Paul George has struggled from the field.
Clippers vs Mavericks Fantasy Basketball Angle
This series has been very straightforward for daily fantasy plays. Luka Doncic and Kawhi Leonard are the premium options from this game and have the safest floor. On a two-game slate, I will be certainly looking at them. Lou Williams remains the backcourt option from the Clippers I want to use as he continues to be the secondary scorer with Paul George struggling. George has burned a lot of people over this series so the ownership might be lower even on a two-game slate. Tim Hardaway Jr and Trey Burke will be high volume guys given Doncic is going to be the main guy and will be able to kick out to them for open looks. Marcus Morris and Montrezl Harrell have been mediocre for fantasy purposes this season. On a two-game slate they are still in play.
Clippers vs Mavericks Betting Odds
Clippers Odds: -260
Mavericks Odds: +215
Spread: LAC -6.5
I had the Mavericks covering last game and this game I worry about a little more if the Clippers do have a wake-up call and the Mavs have a lackluster performance after such a sky-high moment in Game 4. However, if Paul George continues to struggle, Dallas should have no problem covering here or even pulling off a surprise win. Public money is the Mavs to cover and the over as well. Both I like too. The over has hit in the last three games and Mavs are 2-1 ATS.
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