Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 5/28/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Friday, May 28, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (-1)
The Dallas Mavericks (42-30) host the Los Angeles Clippers (47-25) at American Airlines Center on Friday in Game 3 of their series. Dallas leads 2-0. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 1-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 221.5.
The Clippers ended up losing by a score of 127-121 in Game 2. Los Angeles ended the contest having earned a 53.6% FG percentage (45 of 84) and made 13 of 33 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Clippers converted 18 of their 20 tries for a rate of 90.0%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they collected 39 with 9 of them being offensive. They also doled out 23 assists for the game while forcing 11 turnovers and earning 7 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Los Angeles allowed 58.5% from the floor on 48 of 82 shooting. Dallas earned 25 dimes and had 8 steals for the game. In addition, Dallas pulled down 34 boards (4 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Dallas ended up going 54.2% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of their 24 attempts. They made 18 of 34 shots from 3-point land.
Kawhi Leonard is a guy who was a major factor for this contest. He walked away with 41 points on 14 of 21 shooting. He played for 40:54 minutes and collected 6 boards. Leonard finished the game at 66.7% from the floor and distributed 4 dimes. An additional guy that played a role in this game for the Clippers was Paul George. He had 12 rebounds in 40:29 min played on the night. He finished the contest at 54.5% from the field in the matchup by going 12-of-22 (28 points). When the time ran out, George had 6 assists.
Los Angeles will play this game with a mark of 47-25 on the season. The Clippers are hitting 41.1% on shots from distance (1,027 of 2,498) and 83.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 114.0 points per game (10th in the league) while shooting 48.2% from the field. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.2 times per game and as a unit they commit 19.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Los Angeles is snagging 44.2 boards per game and is sitting with 1,756 dimes this year, which has them ranked 17th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Clippers have forced 12.8 turnovers every game and they draw 18.1 fouls. The Clippers defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 46.4% (925 of 1,303) and they relinquish 41.2 boards per game as a squad. They are 3rd in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,650 relinquished this season. They are giving up 35.6% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 4th in the NBA in points per game allowed (107.8).
In their Game 2 win, the Mavericks were able to pull down 30 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 34 for the contest. They gave up possession 11 times, while getting 8 steals for this game. The Clippers were called for 22 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Mavericks to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to make 13 of them for a percentage of 54.2%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, Dallas made 18 out of 34 attempts (52.9%). When the game finished, the Mavericks shot 48 out of 82 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 58.5%. The Mavericks allowed the Clippers to make 45 out of 84 tries from the field which had them shooting 53.6% for the contest. They finished 39.4% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 13 of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 20 at the free throw line (90.0%). When discussing rebounds, Dallas allowed Los Angeles to get 39 in total (9 on the offensive side).
Luka Doncic pitched in for the Mavericks for this contest. He buried 16 of 29 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 55.2%, and totaled 7 rebounds. Doncic totaled 39 points in his 38:04 minutes on the court and had 7 dimes in this contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Dallas was Tim Hardaway. He finished with 5 dimes in his 38:12 mins on the court, and he shot 9 out of 14 from the floor. Hardaway wrapped this one up going 64.3% from the floor as well as earning 28 points and 1 rebound.
Dallas has a record of 42-30 on the year. Dallas has 8,096 pts on the campaign (112.4 per game) and they pull in 43.3 boards per contest. The Mavericks are responsible for committing 19.4 personal fouls per contest while shooting 77.8% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Mavericks are connecting on 47.0% from the field, which is ranked 13th in the league. They are earning an assist 22.9 times per game (26th in the NBA) and they turn it over 12.1 times per game. The Mavericks defensively are ranked 9th in the league in points allowed per contest with 110.2. They have forced 12.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.0% from the field (9th in the league). The Dallas defense gives up 36.5% on shots from 3-point land (925 of 2,537) and their opponents are converting on 76.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 22.7 assists and 43.9 total boards per game, which ranks 2nd and 15th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Los Angeles (-1)
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