Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 3/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-3)
The Dallas Mavericks (20-18) play the Los Angeles Clippers (26-15) at American Airlines Center on Wednesday. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 3-point favorites. The total has been set at 227.
The Los Angeles Clippers took the court against the Dallas Mavericks and took home the win by a score of 109-99 in their last game. Los Angeles ended the game with a 50.0% FG percentage (43 of 86) and converted 14 of their 32 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Clippers knocked down 9 of their 11 shots for a percentage of 81.8%. When discussing getting rebounds, they collected 46 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 14 turnovers and having 10 steals. When discussing the defense, Los Angeles allowed their opponent to shoot 49.4% from the floor on 39 of 79 shooting. Dallas totaled 24 dimes and had 8 steals for the contest. Additionally, Dallas snagged 33 rebounds (4 offensive, 29 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Dallas finished the contest at 80.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 4 of 5 attempts. They knocked down 17 of 41 attempts from distance.
Kawhi Leonard is someone who was a major factor for the matchup. He finished with 22 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He played 40:24 minutes and collected 8 boards. Leonard finished the game at 45.0% from the field and recorded 7 assists. Another guy that played a role in the game for the Clippers was Paul George. He grabbed 7 rebounds in his 37:49 min on the hardwood. He finished the game at 27.8% from the floor in this matchup by hitting 5-of-18 (15 points). Overall, George collected 4 assists.
Los Angeles enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 26-15 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 13.1 times per game and as a unit they are committing 19.2 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Los Angeles is pulling down 44.2 rebounds per game and is sitting with 997 assists for the year, which has them ranked 11th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Clippers are connecting on 41.8% on three-point attempts (595 of 1,424) and 84.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 115.1 points per contest (7th in the NBA) while going 48.3% from the field. On defense, the Clippers are forcing 13.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.9 personal fouls. They are giving up 36.2% on shots from distance and they rank 6th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (109.7). The Clippers defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 47.1% (534 of 734) and they surrender 41.2 boards per game as a unit. They are currently ranked 17th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 967 surrendered this year.
For their last game, the Dallas Mavericks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 109-99 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Mavericks snagged 29 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 33 for the matchup. They also turned the ball over 14 times, while recording 8 steals in the game. The Clippers were called for 12 fouls in the matchup which got the Mavericks to the free throw line for 5 tries. They were able to make 4 of those for a percentage of 80.0%. In the matter of shots from distance, Dallas made 17 out of their 41 attempts (41.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Mavericks went 39 for 79 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.4%. The Mavericks allowed the Clippers to convert 43 of their 86 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0% for this game. They went 43.8% from downtown by hitting 14 out of 32 and ended up shooting 9 out of 11 at the free throw line (81.8%). In regard to how they rebounded, Dallas allowed Los Angeles to collect 46 in total (9 offensive).
Luka Doncic was important for the Mavericks for the contest. He buried 9 out of 23 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 39.1%, and had 10 rebounds. Doncic earned 25 points in his 38:23 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 16 assists in the game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Dallas was Kristaps Porzingis. He left the arena with no assists in his 31:47 mins played, and he converted 9 of 14 from the floor. Porziņģis ended the game having shot 64.3% from the field while also earning 22 points and 7 rebounds.
Dallas has a mark of 20-18 so far this season. Dallas has accounted for 4,239 pts so far this year (111.6 per contest) and they pull down 42.8 rebounds per contest. The Mavericks are committing 20.0 personal fouls per game and they connect on 78.3% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Mavericks are connecting on 46.6% from the floor, which is ranked 14th in the league. They are assisting teammates 22.8 times per game (25th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.2 times per contest. The Mavericks defensively are ranked 17th in the league in PPG given up with 111.9. They have conceded 23.2 assists and 45.1 total rebounds per game, ranking them 4th and 21st in the NBA. The Dallas defense allows 37.4% on 3-pointers (516 of 1,379) and their opponents are connecting on 76.6% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 13.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.2% from the floor (11th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (+3)
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