Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers Odds & Free Pick

May 25, 10:30 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
DAL +7/LAC -7

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.

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.

Totals Report

  • 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.  

Free Pick: 
Take the Clippers -7