Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The Dallas Mavericks play host to Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. The Clippers are -1.5 point favorites over the Mavericks with an over/under point total set at 202.5.
Head to head, the Clippers are 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas while the favorite is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. The Mavericks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 18-6 ATS in their last 24 vs. Western Conference and 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Clippers on the other hand are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Dallas Mavericks come into tonight’s clash two games under .500, but the reality is they have been playing like a playoff team over the last couple of months. This team has won nine of 13 and 21 of 34, but their slow start to the season was their downfall, which was mainly due to the absence of Dirk Nowitzki. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers are riding a two-game winning streak, but they haven’t been playing their best basketball in the month of March as they have gone just 5-4 over their last nine games.
The Mavericks have quietly been one of the higher scoring teams in the league in the month of March, averaging 104.4 points per game over their 13 games. They have particularly potent lately, up those averages to 110 points over their last four games. On the other hand, the Clippers haven’t been setting the world on fire on the offensive end, but they have scored exactly 101 points in each of the last three games and are at 102.8 points per game in the month of March.
The under has gone 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two, but I think that trend stops tonight. Dallas has been putting up some big totals of late and while Los Angeles isn’t the highest scoring team out there, they sure don’t need an invite to get in a shootout. Let’s take the over in this one.