NBA Odds – LA Clippers to get all Lob City on the Mavericks in Big D
Written by North Shore Sports, Inc.
The defending champion Dallas Mavericks will attempt to get back on track against the NBA odds at Bookmaker Sportsbook on Monday night when they close out their regular season series with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Los Angeles Clippers (29-21, 25-25 ATS) will attempt to put an end to their NBA odds season series losing streak to the Dallas Mavericks (29-23, 26-26 ATS) when the teams collide for the final time in the regular season on Monday, April 2nd. You can catch this one live from the American Airlines Center on NBA League Pass at 8:30 ET.
Only a week ago, the Clippers were down in the dumps and feeling sorry for themselves after dropping three in a row to Indiana, Oklahoma City, and New Orleans. There were whispers going around that Coach Vinny Del Negro was on the hot seat and about to be relieved of his duties at any moment. That notion as well as the team’s depressive state vanished into thin air however, as Chris Paul and his mates rattled off three straight wins and NBA betting odds covers this past week.
Los Angeles will partake in a pair of home games against the woeful Portland Trailblazers and a Utah Jazz outfit still fighting to make the playoffs before making this trip to Big D. Heading into those games, Blake Griffin and his mates sat 1.5-games behind the Lakers for the top spot in the Pacific Division, and held the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoff standings. While they’ve taken care of business in the Staples Center (18-8, 14-12 ATS), the squad has left a bit to be desired on the road where they’ve managed SU & ATS wins in just 11 of their 24 games played; they’ve come up short in each of their L/3 on the road and have only covered one of their L/5.
After dropping a pair of games to division leading Los Angeles and San Antonio on back-to-back nights, the reigning champions got healthy in their next two games winning and covering in their home and home match-ups with the division rival Houston Rockets. That left a false sense of security in the mouths of the defending champs who went out and took it to the Miami Heat in the 1st quarter of their Thursday night TNT tussle in South Beach. Unfortunately, a more truer picture of the Mavs ability versus top notch competition was painted over the next three quarters.
When the dust cleared, Dirk Nowitzki and his crew found themselves on the wrong side of a 106-85 NBA odds beatdown at the hands of the Heat; the same team they knocked off to capture the franchise’s first NBA title last season. The loss also saw Miami sweep the two-game season series, but most importantly, dropped Dallas to a woeful 5-12 SU against the Top 10 teams listed in the Sagarin Ratings. The Mavs have a date in Orlando on Friday to close out their Florida trip before returning home to host “Lob City.” Dallas has been at its best when playing in front of the hometown faithful on the year compiling 19-8 SU but just 14-13 ATS marks.
NBA Odds Prediction – Dallas has flat out dominated the Clip Joint recently winning nine of the L/10 overall meetings while going 6-3-1 ATS in those contests. The home team has won and covered four of these teams L/5 overall meetings; the ‘over’ is 3-2 during that stretch but both of the rivals 2011-12 meetings have played to the low side of the closing ‘total.’ The Mavs went into Staples and covered as short 3.5-point underdogs earlier this season, and we expect the Clippers to return the favor this time around. LA is simply playing a more determined and better brand of ball right now. Dallas looks old, slow, and devoid of any other weapons save for Nowitzki. The Clippers check in a rock solid 6-4 SU & 7-3 ATS the L/10 times they were dogged by four or less points. Look for them to give the Mavs a huge challenge here and possibly steal the outright!
With the NCAA tournament coming to a close, it’s time to turn your attention to the pro hardwood with the playoffs right around the corner. There’s no better way to reacclimate yourself with the league at Bookmaker Sportsbook than for this NBA odds match-up between the LA Clippers and Dallas Mavericks!
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