Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Conference Quarterfinals Match Preview
The road-dominated playoff series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers continues with Game 5 in California on Wednesday night, as Western Conference clubs look to rule out a second-round victory.
The Mavericks will seek a third straight win in Los Angeles, while the Clippers will claim a third straight win overall, in a 2-2 series like no other in both teams' playoff history.
Dallas, the fifth-seeded, outscored its fourth-seeded opponent with 113-103 and 127-121 wins in its two previous visits to Los Angeles.
It was the first time since 2011 that the Mavericks had taken a 2-0 lead in a playoff series, and it was only the second time they had led 2-0 on the road.
That lone previous 2-0 road start also happened in Los Angeles, when the Mavericks upset the Lakers to begin their Western semi-final streak in 2011. But this time, Dallas shocked the Lakers. a four game sweep.
That possibility faded in Game 3 against the Clippers, who left for Dallas and not only returned to the series with a 118-108 victory, but also managed to field the best of seven with a 106-81. blitz during match 4 on Sunday.
The only other time in their West Coast history where the Clippers were 2-0 behind in a playoff series, they were swept by San Antonio in 2012.
Neither team is claiming an advantage at the moment.
After a slow start to the series - Game 1 for Kawhi Leonard, Games 1-2 for Paul George - the Clippers threw their two bigs in Dallas.
Leonard averaged 32.5 points in wins, shooting 24 of 32, while George contributed 24.5 points per game, finding the lineup with his 3 points (5 of 12) after getting just 3 of 15 in the two home games.
Dallas star Luka Doncic did everything he could to give the Mavericks a shot in Game 3, scoring 44 points, but suffered from neck pain and only scored 19 points, 12 fewer than any of the previous three games. , on 9 of -24 shots on Sunday.
The two days off came at a good time for the Mavericks, who are hoping to see the Doncics from previous games in Los Angeles in Game 5.
Tim Hardaway Jr. of the Mavericks and Marcus Morris Sr. of the Clippers were wild cards on the series.
Hardaway burned the Clippers with 24.5 points per game on 17-on-27 shooting in Games 1-2, before falling to a total of 16 on 5-on-22 at home.
Morris meanwhile totaled just 13 points on a 5-of-17 shooting in the Clippers' first two losses, but added 12.0 points per game of 9-of-14 at Dallas.
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