Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers Odds & Free Pick
After stealing home-court advantage for this best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series, the Mavericks shoot for what would be a huge 2-0 lead on the Clippers when the teams meet again Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Here's our homework on this game, with our free NBA playoffs betting pick – at least the price is right - thrown in at the end.
NBA Playoffs Betting Odds
Most of the NBA playoff betting market opened the Clippers at -6.5, with an over/under of 215.5. Early betting action then bumped LA to -7.
Any bettors out there thinking Dallas might win this game, too, outright could get upwards of +235 on the NBA betting money line.
Mavericks-Clippers NBA Betting Preview
Dallas grabbed the opener of this series on the road last Saturday, 113-103. The Mavericks led most of the game by as much as 12 in the first half before the Clippers finally took an 89-87 lead with nine minutes left. But Dallas used a late 7-0 surge to take control, on its way toward an outright victory as a six-point underdog.
Also, Game 1 of this series, which was on a pace throughout to play over its total of 217.5, instead squeaked under, as the teams combined for only 50 fourth-quarter points.
The Mavs shot 50 percent from the floor Saturday while holding Los Angeles to 44 percent FG shooting. Dallas also hit 17-36 from 3-point range, while the Clippers, who led the Association in 3-point shooting this season at 41 percent, hit just 11/40 from out there.
Going back about five weeks, Dallas is 13-4 SU, 10-7 ATS over its last 17 games.
On the other side of this match-up, Los Angeles has lost three games in a row and seven of its last 11.
The Clippers played five games better than the Mavs during the regular season, 47-25 to 42-30, but Dallas took the season series from LA two games to one.
Last year the Clippers beat the Mavs in six games in a Western Conference playoff bubble series. So there may be a whisper of revenge on this Dallas squad. However, we do not consider revenge a reliable handicapping factor.
- Get more details: DAL/LAC 5/25/21 Matchup Stats
Mavericks-Clippers NBA Betting Trends
- Dallas played 21-15 SU, 20-16 ATS on the road this season.
- Dallas played 22-15 SU, 20-17 ATS against teams that made the playoffs this season.
- Dallas played 12-11 ATS as an underdog this season.
- Los Angeles played 26-10 SU, 21-15 ATS at home this season.
- Los Angeles played 19-18 SU, 20-17 ATS against teams that made the playoffs this season.
- Los Angeles played 15-12 ATS this season when favored by between 6-9 points.
- Unders played 38-34 in Mavericks games this season.
- Totals split 35-35 in Clippers games this season.
- Unders are 4-0 in Mavs-Clippers games this season.
Dallas at LA Clippers Prediction 5/25/21
LA led the Association in 3-point shooting this season, then couldn't buy one in Game 1. You'd think the Clippers might shoot a little better from long-range Tuesday night. Also, our guess is this series goes seven games, which leads us to believe LA will bounce back here. We don't always abide by the "zig-zag" theory of NBA playoff betting, but we're going that way in this spot. We'll give the points here and bet the Clippers for our free NBA playoff pick for Tuesday.