The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim as the Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers both put five-game winning streaks on the line.
12:30 (AEDT), Wed 27th Nov @ American Airlines Center, Dallas
History: Played 156: Mavericks 93 V Clippers 63
Last meeting: February 25, 2019: Clippers 121 d Clippers 112 at Staples Center
Final Thoughts: It’s a top-four showdown in the Western Conference as the Dallas Mavericks host the LA Clippers.
The sensational form of sophomore star Luka Doncic has turned the 11-5 Mavericks into a genuine dark horse. The Mavs are on a five-game winning streak, culminating in a 137-123 road win over the Rockets.
Doncic outshone James Harden with 41 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. The Slovenian is third in the league for points per game (30.6) and second for assists (9.8). Meanwhile, ex-Knick Kristaps Porzingis has added a new dimension to Dallas at power forward.
The 12-5 Clippers have also won five straight. After tight wins over the Thunder, Celtics and Rockets, they racked up a dominant 134-109 victory against the Pelicans two days ago.
Superstar duo Kawhi Leonard and Paul George took a back-seat as Montrezl Harrell went off for 34 points and 12 rebounds from the bench.
The teams’ last 10 encounters have been split five apiece. The last nine straight were won by the home side, with the Clippers searching for their first win in Dallas in more than three years.
The Mavs are 6-3 at home this season, winning their last four straight. The Clippers are just 1-4 on the road, losing four away games in a row.
The big-name Clippers head in as narrow favourites but the value in the Mavericks at home is very difficult to ignore with Doncic in such irrepressible touch.
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