ESB “1-21 GAME OF NIGHT” PREVIEW (CLIPPERS @ MAVS)

ELITE SHADOW BETS STAFF NBA “GAME OF THE NIGHT” FULL PREVIEW (TUES. JAN 21ST)

 

TWO HOT TOP TEAMS FACE OFF IN DALLAS FOR NBA’s ONLY GAME ON CARD!

 

VEGAS BETTING LINE:  DALLAS MAVERICKS (-2) vs. L A CLIPPERS  ~  TOTAL: (233)

LA CLIPPERS (30-13)  ~  ROAD: (11-9)      *****    DALLAS MAVS (27-15) ~  HOME: (13-10)

830pm/EST  –  NBATV

The NBA has only a one game card tonight but they are giving us a possible sneak preview of a Playoff Match up down the road as the Clippers travel to Dallas for the second time this season. These two teams met in Dallas on November 26, 2019 and the Clippers beat up the Mavs, 114-99. It was a rare game we did see both Clippers Megastars, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on court together, as both have missed tons of games this season for injuries or simply rest of ailments. But if that game is what we can expect from the Clippers in the Playoffs, it’s going to be a very happy Playoff season in LA (and Lakers LA).  They scored 28 and 26 and dominated Mavs young superstar Luka Doncic. The Clippers put on a Defensive display the Mavs could never adjust to. George had a career high 6 steals and Doncic had 7 turnovers. 

Both have had ups and downs this year as both have had to see their elite players sit on bench in street clothes. Mavs 10 foot center Kristaps Porzingis has missed the past 10 games due to knee soreness. Hence the team has been forced to play a different style without him. Doncic can carry this team for stretches as he is simply a rising star to possibly Magic Johnson level. Tonight he will get his big man Porzingis back and that will be a big sigh of relief and he won’t need to carry the full load. The Mavs did hold down the fort while Porzingis was out, winning 6 of 10 and 4 straight. 

It’s hard to really get the correct read on this Clippers team so far as the supposed starting 5 has played a whopping 46 minutes together, ALL SEASON. They have had their full roster for one game all season. The Clippers have beaten the Lakers twice. But they are barely a .500 Road team so far. With George out, stud Leonard has really picked up slack as he is averaging over 30 points per game his last 5 games and the Clippers won 4 of those 5. He’s shooting 56% and averaging 3 steals a game. He is playing like he did in the Playoffs last season. He is a one man wrecking crew and when he is in the zone, watch out. Also the Clippers in their last 3 games are (39-101) on three balls. They are tough to handle if you have to leave your big guy in paint to go help defend the deep shots, opening up some really easy buckets inside the paint. And the Clippers are finally playing that lethal in your face Defense these past 3 games as they have 21 steals to add to the red hot 3-balls. 

Dallas is a team that likes to play fast. They have scored 120, 127, and 124 points in their last 3 games (all wins). Porzingis back will not slow down that scoring barrage. But the question with the Mavs is can they beat the really elite teams? They have an impressive Road win over the Bucks and a nice win over the Sixers. But since December 3rd that’s their only 2 wins over Playoff type teams. They have lost to Boston, Toronto, Lakers, Denver and Heat in that time period. 

We can also say same about the Clippers as they have not beaten one Playoff team in their last 10 games. They are 7-3 but they lost to Denver and Utah (2 elite Playoff teams) and also got bombed by a young and scrappy Memphis team. 

FINAL SHOT:

Last night we told you here the Celtics as a small dog would easily beat the Lakers. Nobody sane could’ve foreseen though a 30+ point win. Nobody is winning by 30 tonight as these two teams are evenly matched with George out for Clippers. The Mavs will surely remember the clunker they threw in earlier loss on this same court in November. Both teams are playing well and scoring points easily as both are playing with some pep in their steps the past 4-5 games each. When Leonard is in his zone he usually will stay in it for a few weeks. The Clippers were struggling and the team players were actually calling their own team out. It clearly woke this really good Clippers club up as since the outburst to the media, the team started playing really well, finally playing the way the Owners had hoped. Dallas is a young team and has a solid 27-15 record. I’d be leary to bet them tonight due to a very average 13-10 Home record. They are still a work in progress and with Porzingis back they need to learn together on the fly. Some nights they will look like World Beaters, some they will look like a young team still meshing. This total is very high at 233. The Clippers have had two days to rest and the Mavs have had 3 days off and so you can expect some fresh legs tonight on both sides and they both will likely play fast and furious. Doncic must protect ball better than the first meeting and so you can expect he plays a smarter game tonight. Leonard is in the zone and may get 40+ here tonight being well rested. This game will be a very fun game to watch. The total of 233 is not though giving smart/sharp bettors much value. But I also wouldn’t say Under either. The line showing Dallas as favorite and the Mavs actually taking most of action to start Tuesday shows the sharps feel the Mavs get revenge tonight. This game has all the makings to go to Overtime.

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