Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Dallas Mavericks dropped Game 1 to the LA Clippers after a controversial Porzingis ejection.
- Luka Doncic set a Game 1 NBA playoff debut record with 42 points!
- The Clippers defense forced 21 turnovers out of Dallas.
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Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Dallas Mavericks||+6.5 -110||O 230.5 -108||+225|
|LA Clippers||-6.5 -110||U 230.5 -113||-278|
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Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Predictions and Picks
The Mavericks had the Clippers on the ropes before Porzingis was ejected, but LA was able to pull off the win. With players returning to form after a lengthy period off the court (Beverley, Harrell), we expect LA to take control of Game 2 as well.
LA Clippers def. Dallas Mavericks +225
LA -6.5 -110
Over 230.5 -108
How to Watch Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers
|Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Information|
|What||Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, August 19th, 2020; 9:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers
|Dallas Mavericks||Head-to-Head||LA Clippers|
|Rick Carlisle||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|43-32 (7th in West, 13th Overall)||Standing||49-23 (2nd in West, 4th Overall)|
|116.7 (1st of 30)||Off Rtg||113.9 (2nd of 30)|
|111.7 (18th of 30)||Def Rtg||107.6 (5th of 30)|
|99.3 (18th of 30)||Pace||101.5 (8th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|L. Doncic (42.0)||PPG||K. Leonard (29.0)|
|B. Marjanovic (8.0)||RPG||K. Leonard (12.0)|
|L. Doncic (9.0)||APG||K. Leonard (6.0)|
|L. Doncic (3.0)||SPG||M. Morris (4.0)|
|T-Burke, Porzingis (1.0)||BPG||I. Zubac (2.0)|
|M. Kidd-Gilchrist (.667)/L. Doncic (13.0)||FG%/FGM||J. Green (.667)/K. Leonard (11.0)|
|M. Kidd-Gilchrist (.667)/T-Curry, Hardaway (4.0)||3P%/3PM||T-Green, Morris (.500)/P. George (4.0)|
Dallas Must Take Better Care of the Ball
It was the talking point of the game, the Dallas Mavericks committed 21 turnovers while forcing just 11 out of the Clippers. While the Mavericks were bold offensively, they failed themselves with their inability to maintain control of the ball.
All eyes are on Luka Doncic, who accounted for 11 of the team’s 21 turnovers for the game. While he was excellent scoring the ball, he gave up almost as any opportunities as he scored on.
Dallas’ best playmaker outside of Doncic is probably Delon Wright, who played just six minutes in Game 1. Knowing that LA will blitz Doncic on the ball, the Mavs would do well to employ some secondary playmaking.
Leonard and George Have No Match
The Dallas Mavericks are already a poor defensive team. When the Clippers faced them in Game 1, it was unlikely that the two LA stars would meet much resistance. What they received, was a red carpet to the hoop.
Leonard and George combined for 56 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals on 21 of 43 shooting from the field and five of 18 shooting from deep.
The star pair were criticized for their lack of play together in the regular season, but it’s clear their post-season performances were all that mattered to the LA Clippers. While they face some opposition at the rim, they excelled without Porzingis guarding the paint. With him back in the fold, Leonard and George will have to improve on that 27.7% three-point shooting average.
Mavericks Key Player: (F) Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis was ejected after he received his second tech. pic.twitter.com/aQoJcrI8KE
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 18, 2020
Kristaps Porzingis was one of the stars of the league’s return schedule, as he averaged 30.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game on 47.6% shooting.
He was off to a respectable start through 19 minutes of play in Game 1, however, two questionable technical foul calls had him ejected from the game. The Mavericks weren’t the same with him off the court.
When Porzingis is unavailable, the Mavericks are a different team. While Doncic is a capable star all on his own, without another All-Star level outlet the Clippers were able to take control of the game. Porzingis’ performance when he returns is sure to inspire, and defined as the Mavericks move forward.
Clippers Key Player: (G) Patrick Beverley
Watch this play from Patrick Beverley here. Luka/Porzingis P&R. Morris jumps to the level but watch Beverley avoid being screened and reach in to deflect the ball. Kawhi dives to get the loose ball. Winning plays. pic.twitter.com/X3yh52ltF9
— Steve Jones Jr. (@stevejones20) August 18, 2020
Patrick Beverley is likely the fifth option any time he is on the court for the Clippers. While he is a capable ball-handler and three-point shooter, his main value is as a defender.
Beverley struggled in Game 1, as he was tasked with guarding second-year star Luka Doncic. Doncic’s command of the ball is impressive at any position, forcing Beverley in difficult situations due to his lack of size.
Patrick Beverley is sure to make the correct defensive adjustments for Game 2. It is more than likely he won’t face the same foul trouble, but that doesn’t mean Dallas won’t try to put him in beneficial situations again.
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