Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers NBA Basketball Preview and Free Picks
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Two teams that took the opportunity to rest key players in different ways during the final weekend of the regular season should get a full makeover Saturday afternoon when the fifth-seeded Dallas Mavericks visit the Los Angeles Clippers, fourth seed, in his opening in the Western Conference Playoffs.
The Clippers (47-25) had a five-game lead in the final standings this season, but the Mavericks (42-30) won the season series 2-1, setting up a rematch of a series. bubble that won Los Angeles 4-2.
The Mavericks may have eased some of their frustration in this year's first meeting in December, recording a 124-73 blitz from the Clippers on their floor.
The teams were separated in two March games in Dallas, with the Clippers winning 109-99 on March 15 and the Mavs two nights later with a 105-89 decision.
Not only will Dallas have a chance to retaliate for last year's playoff loss, but he might feel scorned by the idea that many have assumed the Clippers intentionally slipped into a game with the Mavericks rather than landing on the side. of his rivals Western Support Lakers.
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue called the tanks' claims ridiculous.
Lue has served Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the past two games, each with eight days off since his last time on the field last Thursday at Charlotte.
Both All-Stars finished the season strong, Leonard averaging 22.2 points on 51.3% shooting and George 23.7 points on 44.7% shooting since March 20, a streak over which the Clippers finished 21-7 before losing. the last two games without them. .
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has insisted that his team is motivated right now by one thing.
After scoring the fifth seed, the Mavericks also pulled the reins from their regular season finale at Minnesota, without extending any starters more than 28 minutes.
The club's two bigwigs, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, were limited to 21 and 26 minutes, respectively, in the 136-121 loss, each with 18 points.
Doncic has averaged 30.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 11.0 assists in the previous three meetings with the Clippers, highlighted by a triple-double in the home loss in March and a 42-point explosion in the win two nights later.
Leonard, who failed in the December home debacle, averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in a two-game streak at Dallas.
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