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Mavericks vs Clippers NBA Game Preview

Dallas MavericksLos Angeles Clippers
44-31April 03, 2014, 10:30 | STAPLES Center54-22

The Clippers will be trying to slam the Mavericks on Thursday when the teams tip off at STAPLES Center in NBA betting action.

Los Angeles battles the Mavericks, currently with a 44-31 mark (39-35-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 39-35-2 for the Clippers and 42-33 for the Mavericks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 2 (Clippers) and the No. 9 (Mavericks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 103-98 result in favor of the Clippers is predicted by handicapping models.

Dallas lost its last outing, a 122-120 result against the Warriors on April 1. The Mavericks failed to cover in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 242 combined points took the game OVER the total. Dirk Nowitzki was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 11 rebounds but Golden State still won, 122-120, over Dallas on Tuesday at American Airlines Center.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 112-108 winner on the road against the Suns. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (220) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Los Angeles got 23 points from Blake Griffin en route to a 112-108 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday at US Airways Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 15-rated squad against Dallas's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 11 in the league with 8.46 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 8 with 8.75 per outing.

Next up:
Dallas at Los Angeles, Friday, April 4th
Los Angeles home to Los Angeles, Sunday, April 6th