Mavericks vs. Clippers Game 1 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Aug 14, 2020

Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell

The Clippers begin their quest for a first-ever NBA title on Monday when they face the Mavericks in the first round of their best-of-7 Western Conference playoff series in Orlando.

Dallas
43-32
AT
August 17, 2020, 9:00 PM ET
The Arena
Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +255
Over / Under o +231.5

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Betting Action

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Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -315
Over / Under u +231.5

40%

Betting Action

60%

The Clips are solid game and series favourites on the NBA odds.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

This is the last of four games from the Orlando bubble on Monday as the NBA playoffs begin. Anyone for a Kawhi Leonard vs. the Raptors NBA Finals? Certainly possible as both clubs are the second seeds in their respective conferences. Only a handful of players could repeat as NBA champions this season with the vast majority of those still on the Raptors. Of course, Kawhi was the biggest reason Toronto won its first title a year ago, but the Dinos have barely missed a beat without the All-Star.

Not only have the Clippers never won an NBA title, they have yet to reach the Western Conference Finals. Most project them to do so this summer and have an epic battle of L.A. with the top-seeded Lakers for a trip to the NBA Finals.

Dallas is in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and hasn’t won a series since Dirk Nowitzki led a somewhat surprising run to the NBA title in 2011.

It’s the first-ever playoff matchup between these franchises. The Clippers are 6-4 ATS in the past 10 regular season meetings. L.A. won all three this season vs. Dallas.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs are led by the brightest young star in the NBA in 21-year-old Luka Doncic, who seems destined to win at least one league MVP Award in his career barring injury. Doncic averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists this season and led the league with 17 triple-doubles. He has had two of those in the restart, including a historic 34-point, 20-rebound, 12-assist line on Aug. 4 vs. Sacramento. Doncic became the youngest player ever with a 30-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist triple-double.

The Mavs lost to the Clippers in the bubble on Aug. 6, 126-111, with Doncic having 29 points, six assists and three rebounds. He averaged 29.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in the three games overall vs. the Clippers. His co-star, Kristaps Porzingis, averaged 18.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in the season series. Dallas is relatively healthy, although reserve guard Jalen Brunson is not with the team in Orlando due to shoulder surgery and backup centre Willie Cauley-Stein opted out of the restart.

Los Angeles Clippers

Take little from what the Clippers have done so far in the bubble as they were essentially locked into the West’s No. 2 seed from the get-go. The have two injury questions for the playoffs: point guard Patrick Beverley (calf) and shooting guard Landry Shamet (sprained left foot). Beverley is one of the best on-ball defenders in the league – L.A. has three stellar defensive players in Beverley, Leonard and Paul George. Kawhi averaged 31.0 points and 8.3 rebounds this year vs. Dallas. George put up 25.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists but missed one of the three games.

The team added some scoring right before the shutdown in signing guard Reggie Jackson after he was bought out by the Pistons. Jackson would start if Beverley misses time. There is no deeper team than the Clippers, who have easily the NBA’s best bench (it leads the league in reserve scoring by far) led by Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, both finalists for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Because of a death in the family, Harrell didn’t arrive to the bubble until last Monday but is good to go.

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