The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for another Western Conference blockbuster between Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers.
12:30 (AEDT), Thu 18th Mar @ American Airlines Center, Dallas
History: Played 167: Mavericks 96 V Clippers 71
Last meeting: March 15, 2021: Clippers 109 d Mavericks 99 at American Airlines Center
Final Thoughts: High-profile Western Conference sides Dallas Mavericks and LA Clippers lock horns in Texas for the second time in three days.
The Clippers held off the Mavericks 109-99 in Dallas two days ago. After a glaring 20-point loss to the Pelicans the night before, the Clippers rediscovered their defensive steel showed plenty of character. Kawhi Leonard (22 pts, 8 reb, 7 ast, 4 stl) was an inspiration, while seven Clippers managed 12-plus points.
Luka Doncic (25 pts, 10 reb, 16 ast) produced yet another triple-double in a beaten Mavericks outfit. Kristaps Porzingis (22 pts, 7 reb) also had a productive night.
The Clippers have won nine of the teams’ last 13 games. Doncic (24 pts, 9 reb, 8 ast) engineered a 124-73 blowout of the Kawhi-less Clippers in December, the Mavs’ only win in the rivals’ last five encounters.
The 26-15 Clippers are fourth in the West but the victory over Dallas was just the second in their past six games. Patrick Beverley’s injury absence is frustrating the Clippers’ progress and the franchise is reportedly on the hunt for a replacement guard.
The eighth-placed Mavericks are 20-18 after winning four of their last six. Porzingis and Doncic starred in a convincing 116-103 victory over the Nuggets on the weekend.
The Mavs are a modest 10-9 at home (7-12 ATS), while the Clippers are 13-9 on the road (12-10 ATS).
Dallas will be hell-bent on reversing this week’s result – and MVP contender Doncic is in such sizzling touch. But whether they have an answer for the mercurial Leonard is debatable.
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