Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Tip-off: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – 10:30 PM ET
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Even when their franchise-record winning streak came to an end a few days ago, the Los Angeles Clippers would like to surprise their YouWager fans with another outstanding run going a little longer.
Tonight the Clippers will try to extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 13 when they host the troubled Dallas Mavericks.
The Clippers (27-8), a team that owns the NBA’s best record by a half-game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, won a club-record 17 straight overall before back-to-back road defeats versus the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors Jan. 1-2.
Nevertheless, Los Angeles hasn’t stopped winning at home since suffering a 105-98 defeat versus the New Orleans Hornets on Nov. 26. After beating the rival Lakers 107-102 on Friday to match the record of 11 established in 1978-79 — the Clippers’ first in San Diego — Los Angeles set the new mark with a 115-89 win against Golden State on Saturday.
Chris Paul finished with 27 points and nine assists on Saturday even when exiting after Los Angeles had built a 96-60 lead with 2:40 left in the third quarter. The 27 year-old has averaged 26.7 points on 55.1 percent shooting in his best three-game stretch of the NBA season.
After averaging just 9.7 points while shooting 33.3 percent from the field in his previous three games, Blake Griffin recovered with 44 points on 17 for 28 shooting in his last two basketball games.
The Clippers outscored their last two opponents 108-64 in the paint without shooting guard Jamal Crawford, who is again questionable after missing those contests because of a sore left foot.
Crawford, who had a game-high 20 points in the first meeting against the Mavericks (13-22), ranks among the top-scoring reserves in the league at 16.5 points per game.
Dallas has lost eight of nine while on the road and 12 of 14 overall, dropping their third straight with a 100-94 defeat against the Utah Jazz on Monday. Despite having Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup, the Mavericks have dropped nine of 10 — with its only win coming at NBA-worst Washington on Jan. 1.
The Mavs have begun improving the offense as Nowitzki has rounded into form, averaging 100.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting in January. Dallas had averaged 92.3 points while shooting 42.5 percent in their final nine games in December.
Los Angeles is looking for their fourth victory in five games against the Mavericks following a 10-game skid in the series.