The Clippers open as 1.5-point underdogs here and I like them to cover in today’s lone game. I especially like their matchups defensively, particularly if Kawhi guards Luka Doncic.
Dallas don’t really have a 2nd player who can initiate the offence and could easily sputter if Luka doesn’t get going. I’d like this even better if Paul George was playing, but the return of Harkless should provide a solid boost. The Mavericks aren’t fully healthy either, with Porzingis considered questionable here with a knee injury.
Another area where the Clippers can really get after this team is in the defensive backcourt. Beverley and Shamet are two very good perimeter defenders that should limit Dallas’ offensive output.
While they’ve been good offensively this season, Dallas aren’t a great defensive team. They’re particularly vulnerable on the interior and aren’t great at shutting down the 3 either.
This should be a relatively even and fun game, but I think the Kawhi matchup against Doncic will decide this in LA’s favour. I like the 1.5 currently on offer and I’d advise getting on the moneyline if you can get plus money.