Nov 13, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) dribbles the ball during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
The Dallas Mavericks will travel to face the Los Angeles Clippers at 3:30pm ET on Sunday, Nov. 21st
The Mavericks enter the game 9-6 overall, while the Clippers come in at 9-7 on the year
See below for the latest odds, analysis and the best bet
Two of the top teams in the Western Conference square off to begin NBA action on Sunday, Nov. 21st in Los Angeles.
The Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers, both sitting in the top five in the conference standings, will tip off at 3:30pm ET on Sunday at Staples Center.
With both teams coming off of road losses Friday and now facing off against each other in a back-to-back that concludes Tuesday, the Clippers enter the Sunday afternoon contest as 3.5-point favorites over the Mavericks.
Mavericks vs Clippers Odds
Over 208.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Clippers
Under 208.5 (-110)
Odds as of Nov. 20th from FanDuel
Dallas is 9-6 overall and is 6-4 in its last 10 games and sit as the 4-seed in the West entering Saturday. The Mavericks are coming off a 112-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
Los Angeles enters at 9-7 on the year and is 7-3 in their last 10, tied for fifth in the West going into Saturday. The Clippers return home after an ugly 94-81 loss in New Orleans.
Mavericks star Luka Doncic (knee/ankle), missed Friday night’s game in Phoenix, missing his second straight contest. He’s listed as questionable for Sunday.
For the Clippers, they will be still be without Kawhi Leonard (knee), along with Marcus Morris (knee).
Can Clippers Stay Hot at Home?
A big reason for Los Angeles’ hot start to the season has been due to its ability to take care of business at Staples Center, where they are 7-3 on the year. They’ll hope to continue the trend Sunday as they begin a six-game homestand.
The difference for the Clippers through 16 games has been their ability to shut down opposing offenses on the defensive end. In wins, Los Angeles is giving up just 99.7 points per game while holding opponents to shooting 41.4% from the field.
In losses, it has allowed 107.4 points on 46.2% shooting. On the offensive end, the Clippers are also averaging 114.3 points per game in victories and just 96.7 points in defeats.
Without Leonard so far this season, Paul George has done all he can to lift Los Angeles. George has averaged 26.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and two steals per game this year.
Behind George, Reggie Jackson is averaging 17.2 points and four assists and Eric Bledsoe has added 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds.
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Will Mavericks Shake Road Woes?
Although Dallas is in the top five in the West, it has surprisingly struggled on the road this year. With a record of 3-5 away from home, the Mavericks will try to improve that below-.500 mark in Los Angeles while also trying to shake a two-game losing streak.
Dallas’ performance on the road compared to when it is at home has been somewhat surprising. Dallas has averaged 100.8 points on 40.5% shooting from the field in road contests, compared to averaging 108.7 points on 47.6% shooting at home.
Individually, Doncic has been outstanding once again for Dallas when healthy, leading the team with 24.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game.
Kristaps Porzingis has added 19.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and two assists, and Jalen Brunson has been a nice piece mainly off the bench while averaging 15.5 points, 5.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
Prediction and Best Bet
With injury issues on both sides, that will obviously play a factor in Sunday’s game along with the location of the game. The health concerns — most notably with Doncic — and the fact that the game is taking place in Los Angeles will lean in the favor of the Clippers, which means Los Angeles should be able to improve its strong home record and hand Dallas another road loss.
For the best bet of the night, go with the Clippers and them being 3.5-point favorites. Los Angeles has been a tough team to beat at home this season and the struggles on the road mixed with the injury issues for the Mavericks should mean the Clippers cover that spread.
The Pick: Clippers -3.5 (-110)