Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Tip-off: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – 9:30 PM ET
American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
As YouWager basketball fans know the Dallas Mavericks are back in the playoff hunt, however they haven’t had much success when facing the top teams in the Western Conference.
Tonight Dallas gets another opportunity to prove they’re a serious rival when the Los Angeles Clippers begin a four-game road trip in Texas.
Dallas (34-36) has gone 21-13 in their last 34 to move within striking distance of the Lakers for the final NBA playoff spot in the West.
Things have looked bright for the Mavs as of late. Mike James led the way a season-high 19 points and shot 7 of 10 while Dirk Nowitzki added 17 in a key 113-108 home victory versus the Utah Jazz on Sunday.
The Mavericks have won eight of 11 since coach Rick Carlisle moved the 37-year-old James into the starting lineup. Dallas has averaged 105.2 points and shot 50.0 percent from the field during that stretch.
Even with their strong play over the past 2 1/2 months, the Mavs have still lost six of its last seven against the top five seeds in the West. Dallas is 1-13 overall against those teams (San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies as well as the Clippers).
Dallas will try to put an end to those set baks as they take on a Los Angeles team that clinched a playoff berth in back-to-back seasons for the third time in team history Friday.
Los Angeles (48-22), who has taken both meetings with Dallas this season and three in a row in the series, are looking to snap a two-game road skid and win their fourth in five games overall. The Clippers won two in a row for the first time this month with a 101-95 win versus the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
Even though Chris Paul banged his left knee early in the game he was able to finish with 29 points and 11 assists. The 27 year-old NBA All-Star player missed 12 games earlier this season with a bruised right kneecap.
After totaling 18 points and going 6 of 20 in his last two games, Blake Griffin will try to recover with his fourth straight double-double in this series.