Mavericks vs. Clippers Game 5 Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 24, 2020

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The torch of best and most popular player worldwide in the NBA might have passed from LeBron James/Giannis Antetokounmpo to sensational 21-year-old Mavericks star Luka Doncic on Sunday.

Dallas
43-32
AT
August 25, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
The Arena
Pointspread +8.5 -110
Moneyline +313
Over / Under o +236

64%

Betting Action

36%

Pointspread -8.5 -110
Moneyline -375
Over / Under u +236

64%

Betting Action

36%

Some experts believed that the second-seeded Los Angeles Clippers would sweep the No.  7 Dallas Mavericks in the first round of their NBA Western Conference playoff series. Frankly, L.A. is a bit lucky to even be tied 2-2 as the teams play Game 5 in the Orlando bubble Tuesday. The Clips are favoured on the NBA odds as they have been in each game.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

L.A. will be the “home” team for this one as it was for Games 1-2. The Mavericks’ stunning 135-133 overtime victory Sunday to tie things up hasn’t much changed the Sports Interaction oddsmakers’ minds as the Clippers are still -385 favourites to win the series and the Mavs +300 underdogs. The favoured exact result is Clippers in six at -111.

L.A. remains the +137 favourite to win the West and +375 co-favourite for the NBA title with Milwaukee. The Mavericks are +1000 and +2500, respectively.

Dallas Mavericks

The torch of best and most popular player worldwide in the NBA might have passed from LeBron James/Giannis Antetokounmpo to sensational 21-year-old Mavericks star Luka Doncic on Sunday. He was questionable for the game with a sprained ankle and without the team’s second-best player in Kristaps Porzingis (sore knee), yet Doncic led the upset by hitting one of the most ridiculous game-winning, walk-off three-pointers in NBA playoff history. Despite the Clippers owning two of the NBA’s best perimeter defenders in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Doncic put on a show with 43 points, 17 rebounds and 13 assists. That’s just stupid.

It’s not hyperbole to say that performance stamped Doncic as the future face of the league. He was the third player in NBA playoff history with a 40-point, 15-rebound, 10-assist game, the youngest ever to hit a playoff buzzer-beater league history, and joined Michael Jordan as the lone players in NBA postseason history to score at least 40 points in a game capped by a buzzer-beating winner while his team was trailing. Jordan’s was “The Shot” in 1989 against Cleveland to win that first-round series. As for Porzingis, he was to have an MRI on Monday. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle went with a small starting five without him in Game 4, inserting guard Trey Burke. As good as Doncic is, the Mavs most likely aren’t winning this series if Porzingis is done/limited. Dallas is 1-5 ATS in its past six after a win.

Los Angeles Clippers

There’s not much of an excuse for this defensively-gifted team to allow 135 points and the Mavs to shoot 50 percent from the field – especially with no Porzingis to deal with and Doncic not 100 percent healthy. Oh, and L.A. had a 21-point lead in the second quarter. Leonard had a chance to win at the end of regulation, but his three-pointer was off. Leonard did play well with 32 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and Lou Williams had a career playoff-high 36 points.

However, the Clippers badly miss starting point guard and defensive dynamo Patrick Beverley, who hasn’t played since Game 1 due to a left calf injury. And George has been terrible for the most part in this series. He was 3-for-14 shooting for just nine points in Game 4 and is hitting 29 per cent from the field in the series. George is also the first player to shoot under 25 per cent in three straight playoff games since Bob Cousy in 1960 (minimum 10 attempts each game). The Clippers are 20-6 ATS in their past 26 after a loss.

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