Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. Kyrie Irving is set to make his Mavericks debut tonight at Crypto.com Arena as Dallas takes on the Clippers. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Los Angeles Clippers
With 3 wins in their last 4 games overall and a 2-1 lead in the regular season series vs Dallas, the Clippers will look to spoil the party of Irving and his new team here. They’ll have a much easier task at winning this game as the Mavs will be without Luka Doncic who is averaging 35.7 points per game against them in 3 meetings this season.
Despite that high number, LA has managed to keep the Mavs at bay scoring wise, in 3 games they’ve allowed just 103, 101 and 98 points. With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both being healthy and playing, I think that’ll be the strategy once again in tonight’s game. LA holds a 13-7 SU edge in the last 20 meetings vs Dallas played in this building.
Everyone is wondering how the new look Mavs will play in this game. After the trade for Irving they are much stronger offensively, but losing a player like Dorian Finney-Smith will definitely hurt them on defense. They’re expected to push the tempo and rely on their scoring to win games from now on. It is going to be a one man show until Doncic returns from his injury, with just 4 wins in the last 12 meetings against the Clippers I don’t really rate their chances here.
Especially since they’ll need a few games to incorporate Irving into the system. Without Doncic the Mavs are just 1-7 SU this season, with their only win coming at Utah a couple of days ago. On the road they’ve gone just 4-8 ATS in their last 12 outings.
There is a long list of injuries currently derailing the Mavs roster, the Clippers don’t have such issues right now so I’m expecting them to win this one in front of the home fans. However, covering a 7.5 spread will be difficult, but I’m encouraged by their last 2 wins over the Mavs by 12 and 14 points. Take the home team.
Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Predictions & Odds
All 3 meetings from earlier this season between these teams were low scoring, but this time around I think the Mavericks will opt for a different approach. Having a ball handler like Irving solves so much of their offensive issues, but as good as Kyrie is on that end he is a liability on defense. The Clippers will go after the Mavs with everything they got here, they’ve been in a good scoring groove which is proven by their last 6 of 8 games going over the total.
When Kawhi and PG13 have it going they are one of the toughest duos in the NBA to stop. In terms of offensive efficiency Dallas ranks 8th in the NBA, they just put up 124 points past the Jazz despite not having Luka Doncic at their disposal. This will be a high scoring game, so let’s go with the over.