Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 12/27/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+4.5)
The Dallas Mavericks are headed to STAPLES Center on Sunday where they'll meet the Los Angeles Clippers. Dallas opens this matchup as 4.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 230.
The Dallas Mavericks faced the Los Angeles Lakers and took a loss by a final of 138-115 in their last contest. Dallas ended having earned a 49.4% FG percentage (41 of 83) and converted 13 out of their 32 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Mavericks made 20 of 26 shots for a percentage of 76.9%. In relation to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 27 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 20 assists for the contest while having 13 steals and 3 blocked shots. In terms of the defense, Dallas allowed their opponent to shoot 56.0% from the floor on 51 of 91 shooting. Los Angeles earned 33 assists and had 9 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Lakers grabbed 53 rebounds (17 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Los Angeles finished 70.8% at the charity stripe by burying 17 of 24 tries. They made 19 of their 39 attempts from downtown.
Luka Dončić is someone who came through for the contest. He scored 27 points on 9 of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34:08 minutes played and collected 4 boards. Dončić finished the game at 47.4% from the field and totaled 7 assists. One more player that played a role in this matchup for the Mavericks was Josh Richardson. He grabbed 2 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the field for the contest by connecting on 6-of-12 (17 points). When this game wrapped up, Richardson saw the court for 27:23 minutes.
Dallas heads into this contest after finishing with a mark of 43-32 last season. They lost possession via turnover 12.7 times per contest and as a team committed 19.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Dallas collected 46.9 boards per game and earned 1,849 assists throughout last season, which was 9th in the league in terms of passing. The Mavericks shot 36.7% on shots from 3-point land (1,136 of 3,095) and 77.9% from the free throw line. They averaged 117.0 pts per game (3rd in the NBA) while connecting on 46.1% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Mavericks forced 11.9 turnovers per contest and they drew 21.3 personal fouls. The Mavericks defense gave up an opponent FG percentage of 45.8% (3,143 of 6,868) and they relinquished 45.4 rebounds per contest as a squad. They were ranked 22nd in basketball in giving up assists with 1,794 relinquished last season. They gave up 35.1% on shots from beyond the arc and they ranked 16th in the league in PPG allowed (112.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Los Angeles Clippers went home victorious with a score of 121-108 against the Denver Nuggets. The Clippers snagged 29 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for the game. They also blocked 4 shots while recording 9 steals for the matchup. The Nuggets were called for 20 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throws for a rate of 83.3%. In relation to 3-point shots, Los Angeles made 19 of their 38 attempts (50.0%). In all, the Clippers went 41 out of 74 from the floor which had them at 55.4%. The Clippers allowed the Nuggets to bury 37 of their 81 attempts from the field which left them shooting 45.7% in the game. They finished the game shooting 30.6% from 3-point land by going 11 of 36 and walked away from this one shooting 23 out of 31 at the free throw line (74.2%). Regarding how they rebounded, Los Angeles allowed Denver to collect 32 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Paul George ended up being a major contributor for the Clippers in the game. He made 8 of 14 for the game for a rate of 57.1%, which had him sitting at 23 points. George snagged 5 rebounds in his 36:56 mins of time on the hardwood and had 9 dimes for this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for Los Angeles was Kawhi Leonard. He ended up with 21 points in his 30:21 mins on the hardwood via 8 of 14 from the floor for the game. Leonard ended up shooting 57.1% from the field in addition to earning 7 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Los Angeles had a win-loss mark of 49-23 last season. The Clippers committed 22.1 fouls per contest while shooting 79.1% from the charity stripe. They got an assist 23.7 times per contest (22nd in the NBA) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 14.6 times per game. Los Angeles tallied 8,377 pts last season (116.3 per contest) and they pulled down 47.7 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Clippers connected on 46.6% from the field, which was ranked 12th in the league. The Clippers defensively were ranked 13th in basketball in points given up per game with 109.9. They relinquished 23.7 dimes and 45.3 rebounds every game, which ranked them 9th and 18th in the NBA. The Los Angeles defense surrendered 34.5% on 3-point attempts (886 of 2,566) and their opposition knocked down 75.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They were able to force 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allowed teams to shoot 43.8% from the floor (3rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Dallas (+4.5)
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