The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks faced each other in the first round of the playoffs last season, and will do the same this season. The Clippers won the series 4-2 last year, so they will be looking for a repeat appearance while the Mavs will aim for an alternate outcome. Both teams have since made some changes, but both still have much of the same core. For what it’s worth, the Mavericks won two of the three games between the teams during the regular season. That said, here’s everything you need to know for Game 1 of the series.
(4) Los Angeles Clippers vs. (5) Dallas Mavericks
- Date: Saturday May 22 | Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
- Place: Staples Center – Los Angeles, California
- TV: ESPN | Live stream: WatchESPN
- Opportunities: DAL +190; LAC -220; O / U 218.5 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Featured game | Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Clippers: The Clippers are entering the post-season as legitimate title contenders for the second season in a row, although they appear to be a slightly more complete team this time. On paper, they match the Mavericks well, as so much of what the Mavs do is based on Doncic, and the Clippers have two elite perimeter defenders to use against him in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. They are also a great 3 point shooting team and they have ample playoff experience. They have all the tools to make a deep title run, and they should be able to settle cases against Dallas.
Misfits: The Mavericks will have their hands full against the Clippers, who are a deeper and more experienced team. Kristaps Porzingis will be a big x factor for Dallas. If he’s able to stay sane, stay out of trouble, and use his potential, he can help Dallas make the series competitive. If not, it could be over quickly.
After the way they excelled in the playoffs last season, you can expect the Clippers to come out focused and ready to message in Game 1. Choose Clippers -5
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