Los Angeles Clippers at Dallas Mavericks
Tuesday, 3/26/13, 9:30 PM EST, TV: TNT
Opening Point Spread: Dallas -1
Current Betting Line: Dallas -1
Opening Total: 203
Current Total: 202
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Los Angeles hits the road after winning back-to-back home games, including a 101-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets as 7.5-point favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the posted total of 190.5. The Clippers are 20-14 overall when playing away from the Staples Center, including an 11-8 mark versus Western Conference opponents. The team has already clinched a spot in the 2013 NBA playoffs for the ninth time in franchise history. Los Angeles is 10-3 ATS when playing with two days rest this season, with the OVER going 7-5-1 in that situation.
The Clippers and Mavericks rank eighth and seventh respectively in points per game this season, which is important to consider when making your NBA expert picks Tuesday night. With a 48-22 record heading into this matchup, Los Angeles possesses its best 70-game start in franchise history, while it will finish with a winning percentage above .500 in back-to-back seasons for just the second time.
Dallas has also won two consecutive games on its home court, including a 113-108 victory over the Utah Jazz as six-point favorites Sunday, while going OVER the total in its last four affairs. “This season has been so up and down,” commented Mavericks forward Elton Brand. The Mavericks are 20-14 overall at the American Airlines Center, including a 11-10 mark versus conference foes. Dallas is 21-15 ATS as an underdog this season, with the OVER going 19-16-1 in that situation.
The Mavericks have lost three consecutive games to the Clippers, including a 99-93 setback as 10-point road underdogs on Jan. 9. Dallas is 9-4 in the month of March, with the offense averaging 104.5 points per game on 49.8 percent shooting in that span. Forward Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 18.3 points and 8.4 rebounds since the All-Star break, which is important to consider when looking over the NBA betting lines.
Sports bettors will likely back the Clippers due to their 6-1 ATS mark versus losing teams, while the Mavericks are 22-24 ATS in March.
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