Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 3/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-3)
American Airlines Center is the site where and the Dallas Mavericks (20-17) will take on the Los Angeles Clippers (25-14) on Monday. Dallas opens this contest as 3-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 228.5.
The Los Angeles Clippers took the court against the Golden State Warriors and took home the win by a score of 130-104 in their last contest. Los Angeles ended the contest with a 45.8% FG percentage (44 out of 96) and converted 18 out of their 41 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Clippers made 24 of their 29 shots for a rate of 82.8%. In regard to rebounding, they earned 56 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 23 assists in the matchup while forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and getting 10 steals. When talking about defending, Los Angeles allowed 43.2% from the field on 38 out of 88 shooting. Golden State recorded 20 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Golden State pulled down 44 rebounds (5 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Golden State finished shooting 70.4% at the charity stripe by making 19 of their 27 attempts. They buried 9 of 36 attempts from distance.
Kawhi Leonard is a guy who was important for the contest. He ended up scoring 28 points on 10 of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31:18 minutes and also snagged 9 rebounds. Leonard went 58.8% from the floor and also recorded 4 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Clippers was Paul George. He grabbed 7 rebounds in 26:50 min on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 35.7% from the floor in this game by connecting on 5-of-14 (17 points). Overall, George earned 5 assists.
Los Angeles heads into this one with a win-loss record of 25-14 this season. They have an average of 115.2 pts per game (5th in basketball) while hitting 48.3% from the floor. The Clippers are shooting 42.0% on 3-point shots (566 of 1,349) and 84.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Los Angeles is pulling down 44.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 951 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 13th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.4 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end of the court, the Clippers are forcing 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.0 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 35.8% from 3-point land and they rank 6th in the NBA in PPG from their opponents (109.3). The Clippers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.7% (500 of 702) and they concede 41.5 boards per game as a group. They are 12th in the league in giving up assists with 905 relinquished for the season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Dallas Mavericks walked away with a victory by a final of 116-103 when they faced the Denver Nuggets. The Mavericks were able to corral 37 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 49 for the game. They also turned it over 8 times, while getting 4 steals in this matchup. The Nuggets earned 19 personal fouls for the game which took the Mavericks to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to make 14 of them for a percentage of 87.5%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Dallas converted 18 of their 46 attempts (39.1%). In all, the Mavericks walked away from this one shooting 42 for 86 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.8%. The Mavericks allowed the Nuggets to convert 37 of their 90 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 41.1% in this game. They finished 39.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 16 out of 41 and ended up shooting 13 of 18 at the free throw line (72.2%). In reference to team rebounding, Dallas permitted Denver to grab 41 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Kristaps Porzingis pitched in for the Mavericks in the game. He converted 10 out of 15 in the matchup giving him a rate of 66.7%, and accumulated 6 rebounds. Porziņģis earned 25 points in his 28:56 minutes on the court and earned 1 assist for this game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Dallas was Luka Doncic. He ended up with 12 dimes in his 32:48 minutes played, and he knocked down 7 out of 16 from the floor. Doncic walked away from this one going 43.8% from the field while contributing 21 points and 5 total rebounds.
Dallas has a win-loss mark of 20-17 so far this year. The Mavericks commit 20.1 personal fouls every game and they shoot 78.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 22.8 times per contest (25th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.1 times per contest. Dallas has accounted for 4,140 pts on the season (111.9 per contest) and they average 43.1 boards per contest. As an offense, the Mavericks are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which ranks them 14th in basketball. The Mavericks are ranked 15th in the league in points given up per game with 111.9. The Dallas defense concedes 37.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (502 of 1,347) and opponents are knocking down 76.6% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 23.2 assists and 45.1 boards every game, which is ranked 4th and 21st in the league. They are forcing 13.1 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.1% from the floor (11th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-3)
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