The first round matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers is now a best of three after both teams went into the opposing arena and came out victorious through the first four games. Tyronn Lue’s squad was nothing if not dominant after falling into a 0-2 hole. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves and packing it in, Kawhi Leonard and company did nothing but flex their muscles en route to becoming the first team in NBA history to lose the first two games of a playoff series at home and follow it up by winning the next two on the road by a combined 35 points.
The dominance LA exhibited over the weekend saw it put an end to three-game SU and ATS losing streaks to the Mavs at online sportsbooks. Naturally, linemakers have the Clippers installed hefty favorites to take the series lead in Game 5 with the total also down a few points from the last two games.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers will tip-off on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from the Staples Center. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Dallas Mavericks vs Clippers Game 5 Odds
Spread: Dallas Mavericks +7 | Los Angeles Clippers -7
Money Line: Dallas Mavericks +250 | Clippers -307
Series So Far
So much for getting a plus-money return on the Clippers to win this series. After falling down 0-2, Los Angeles clocked in as +200 choices to come back and win the series. Now that they tied it up, the Clippers are back to being decided -394 chalk to advance into the next round with home court advantage back in their possession.
The Clippers went off the board as -6 and 7-point favorites in Games 1 and 2. The Game 5 NBA odds hit the board with LA installed 7-point chalk and the total coming in at 217.5. Should the series trend ring true, you might want to think about adding the Dallas money line to the mix considering they’re offering up another attractive +243 return. The O/U has split through the first four games with an average of 219.3 points scored.
After tickling the twine for an average of 120 points which was fueled by an insane 50 percent showing from beyond the arc in the first two games, Dallas’s defense simply had no answer for LA’s offensive onslaught in games three and four. Luka Doncic scored a game-high 44 points in the 118-108 Game 3 loss, but it still wasn’t enough to get the best of the determined Clippers.
Game 4 was nothing if not an all-out beat down after the Clippers owned the battle of the boards (53-41) and held Dallas to just 35 percent from the field as a team. The “weird” neck injury Doncic suffered at the tail end of Game 3 could explain why he went for 19 points on 9 of 24 shooting playing in noticeable pain throughout Game 4. Hopefully the two full days of rest has the All-Star back in peak form for Game 5.
Los Angeles Clippers
The talking heads were spewing all kinds of venom at the Clippers after their collective performances through the first two games of this series. Kawhi must have listened to sports talk radio in the days leading up to Game 3 because he came out like a man possessed and determined to make everyone eat some crow. All the Clippers forward did was go out and combine for an average of 32.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3 assists through the weekend.
He smashed his scoring player props in the process and will likely be a heavy target of the betting public for this one as well. After allowing Dallas to go HAM from deep through the first three games, Paul George and company locked the perimeter down in Game 4 holding the Mavs to an impotent 5 of 30 showing. If LA continues defending the arc with such tenacity, this series will be wrapped in short order.
Dallas Mavs vs LA Clippers Game 5 Predictions
Our best bet: Dallas Mavericks +7
I’m going to continue riding the trend of this series regardless of how poor Dallas looked over the weekend. That means I’ll be taking the points on Wednesday night in what should be a competitive match throughout. After just losing the two prior games by an average of 17.5 points, the betting public is going to be running to the ticket window to back the home team.
I don’t foresee that being a wise move, so hold off and see how high the impost moves. The Mavs had already shown before this series that they can run with the Clippers after taking two of the three regular season meetings both SU and against the closing odds. Provided Doncic is all systems go and Tim Hardaway Jr. reverts back to his form from the first two games, Dirk Nowitzki should stick close all the way through.
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