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Clippers vs Mavericks Series: Ride With Luka Over Ailing LA

The Dallas Mavericks are favored to win the first-round playoff series versus the Los Angeles Clippers in the Las Vegas NBA odds. This is true despite the Mavs being a slightly lower seed at No. 5 compared to the No. 4 Clippers.

Our latest series prices have the Mavs as a -140 favorite compared to the Clippers at +120. Dallas is also a 1½-point road favorite versus L.A. in the NBA lines for Sunday’s Game 1.

Clippers vs Mavericks Series: Ride With Luka Over Ailing LA
Clippers vs Mavericks Series: Ride With Luka Over Ailing LA

There are a lot of variables heading into this series, so let’s dig in before you hit the sportsbook.


Clippers vs Mavericks: Yes, More Kawhi Leonard Injuries

A Clippers series would not feel quite right without questions about Kawhi Leonard’s status. Leonard is dealing with a knee injury, and the Clips have not revealed when (or if) the star will return.

James Harden has also been dealing with an injury but Los Angeles has already confirmed that “The Beard” will play in Game 1. Harden returned to the court during the end of the regular season.

For the Mavericks, the main injury the team is fighting through is Dereck Lively. The rookie big man has not played since March 31. There are a lot of injuries to consider in this series before you bet online.


Clippers Own Season Series vs Mavericks

The Clippers took two of the three matchups against the Mavericks during the regular season. It remains to be seen how predictive this data will be given the teams have not played since Dec. 20.

Dallas won the last matchup 144-126 after Los Angeles took two straight games. Luka Doncic dropped 44 points, six rebounds and six assists in the victory.


Clippers vs Mavericks Pick: Ride With Luka

The Mavericks had been red hot before dropping their final two games. Meanwhile, the Clippers have dropped their final three games, but the injuries outlined above contributed to these struggles.

The Clippers have the talent to win this series, but there are too many question marks to ride with L.A. Dallas has Doncic and Kyrie Irving to lean on, not to mention the team enters this matchup in better form than the Clippers.

I’m taking the Mavericks to win a tight series in seven games in the NBA basketball odds.


SERIES PICK: Mavericks 4-3



Questions of the Day

Who is the NBA odds pick to win the series?

No. 4 seed Dallas is a slight favorite over the fifth-seeded Clippers.

How did the teams fare in the regular season?

The Clippers won two of three matchups, but they have not played since December.

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