Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers Prediction, 5/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers
Date: Saturday, May 22, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Dallas (+5)
STAPLES Center is the site where and the Los Angeles Clippers (47-25) will play the Dallas Mavericks (42-30) on Saturday in Game 1 of their series. Dallas opens this matchup as 5-point underdogs. The total opens at 221.5.
The Dallas Mavericks played the Minnesota Timberwolves and took a loss by a score of 136-121 in their last game. Dallas walked away from the contest with a 48.4% FG percentage (44 of 91) and made 16 of their 38 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Mavericks buried 17 of 20 attempts for a rate of 85.0%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 38 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 32 dimes for the game while forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In relation to defending, Dallas let their opponent shoot 54.4% from the floor on 49 of 90 shooting. Minnesota recorded 35 assists and had 11 steals for this contest. Furthermore, Minnesota grabbed 38 rebounds (11 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Minnesota shot 84.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 21 of 25 attempts. They also made 17 out of their 40 attempts from distance.
Kristaps Porzingis is one player who had an impact for this game. He scored 18 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He played 25:35 mins and also pulled down 4 boards. Porziņģis finished the game shooting 60.0% from the floor and dished out 1 assist. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Mavericks was Luka Doncic. He pulled down 6 rebounds in 20:44 min on the basketball court. He shot 46.2% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 6-of-13 (18 points). Overall, Doncic tallied 6 assists.
Dallas comes into this contest with a record of 42-30 for the year. The Mavericks are hitting 36.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (994 of 2,744) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. They average 112.4 points per game (17th in the NBA) while going 47.0% from the field. They turn it over 12.1 times per game and as a team they are committing 19.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Dallas is pulling in 43.3 boards per contest and has racked up 1,647 assists this season, which is 26th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Mavericks have forced 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 20.1 fouls. They are conceding 36.5% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 9th in the league in PPG allowed (110.2). The Mavericks defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.0% (908 of 1,446) and they relinquish 43.9 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 2nd in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,631 surrendered on the campaign.
In their last game, the Los Angeles Clippers took a loss by a final score of 117-112 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers were able to snag 28 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for this contest. They turned the ball over 3 times, while getting 8 steals for the game. The Thunder had 11 fouls for the matchup which took the Clippers to the free throw line for a total of 15 tries. They were able to make 12 of those for a percentage of 80.0%. In the matter of shooting from beyond the arc, Los Angeles buried 10 out of 43 attempts (23.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Clippers walked away from this one shooting 45 out of 106 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.5%. The Clippers permitted the Thunder to knock down 50 of 94 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.2% in the game. They finished 30.8% from three-point range by going 8 of 26 and ended up shooting 9 of 16 at the free throw line (56.3%). When talking about how they rebounded, Los Angeles permitted Oklahoma City to get 54 in total (14 on the offensive side).
Luke Kennard ended up having an impact for the Clippers for the contest. He made 6 out of 14 in this game for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, and had 3 rebounds. Kennard scored 13 points in his 29:55 mins on the court and had 1 assist in this contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Los Angeles was Patrick Beverley. He left the arena with 4 assists in 18:52 mins on the court, and he converted 5 out of 8 from the floor. Beverley ended the game having shot 62.5% from the floor while notching 11 points but didn't pull down a board.
Los Angeles has a win-loss record of 47-25 for the season. The Clippers commit 19.2 personal fouls per contest while shooting 83.9% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 24.4 times per game (17th in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.2 times per game. Los Angeles has accumulated 8,209 points this year (114.0 per contest) and they pull in 44.2 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Clippers are shooting 48.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 5th in the league. The Clippers are ranked 4th in basketball in PPG allowed with 107.8. The Los Angeles defense gives up 35.6% on shots from 3-point land (833 of 2,341) and opponents are knocking down 77.7% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 22.9 dimes and 41.2 boards per contest, which is 3rd and 1st in the NBA. They are forcing 12.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the field (13th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Dallas (+5)
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