Only one first-round NBA series is still up for grabs, but that can all end tonight, as BetRivers.com is proud to provide a wide variety of Clippers-Mavericks Game 6 odds, props, and teasers for Friday, June 4. The Mavericks raced out to a 2-0 series lead before the Clippers returned the favor, winning two in a row in Dallas to pull it 2-2 after four games. The Mavericks got the job done in Game 5, forcing an elimination game on Friday night.
If the Mavericks defeat the Clippers in Game 6, Dallas will advance to face the No. 1 seed Utah Jazz. Despite having their backs against the wall and heading on the road, the Clippers-Mavericks Game 6 odds favor the Clippers, and the public has been riding Los Angeles all series long.
Longtime basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to provide his thoughts on the Clippers-Mavericks Game 6 odds and drops knowledge on the best bets worth a wager at BetRivers.com.
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CLIPPERS-MAVERICKS GAME 6 ODDS
#4 LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (2-3) at #5 DALLAS MAVERICKS (3-2)
GAME 6: 9:10 p.m. ET, TNT
MONEYLINE: Clippers -143 ML, Mavericks +123 ML
SPREAD: Clippers -3
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Here’s the question that you need to ask yourself if you are going to put in a bet on tonight’s Game 6 between Dallas and the Clippers: How much of Los Angeles’ success in Games 3 and 4 were a result of the changes they made to their lineup, and how much of it was a result of Luka Doncic’s sore neck limiting him?
Let’s put this into context. In Games 1 and 2, Luka averaged 35 points, 9.0 assists, and 8.5 boards as the Mavs went into Staples Center and swept the first two games of the series. Los Angeles responded by pulling Patrick Beverly and Ivan Zubac from the lineup, rolling with Markieff Morris at the five and Reggie Jackson at the one and they seemed to have more success in switching against the Dallas pick-and-rolls. Luka finished with 44 points, nine assists, and nine boards in a Game 3 loss, but it’s important to note here that he did much of his damage in the first eight minutes, as Dallas built a 20-point lead that they eventually gave away.
Game 4 is the key. Playing with a strained neck, Luka finished with just 19 points, six boards and six assists in a 25 point loss, putting us in a position where just about everyone believed that this was the end. The Clippers had found an answer to their Luka problem, and they were ready to run away with the series.
Except that’s not what happened. In Game 5, one of the wildest games of the Playoffs to date, Luka finished with 42 points, 14 assists and eight boards as Dallas went from up big, to down six, to up 91-75 entering the fourth to needing the Clippers to miss a layup with nine seconds left to hold on to the win.
So again, I’ll ask: Was Los Angeles’ comeback in the series a result of changing their defense and rotation, or a result of Luka getting banged up?
I, personally, think that it’s the latter. I’ve reached the point where I believe Luka Doncic is unguardable when he wants to be. I know the road team has won every game in this series thus far, but I think that comes to an end tonight. All the pressure is on the Clippers here. This will, in all likelihood, be the end of their run if they lose. Kawhi can opt out, which is a worst-case scenario after they mortgaged their future to pay for a Kawhi-PG13 led shot at a title. This is it, and while I know they pulled off a miracle comeback with their backs against the wall in Game 3, just how many of those runs do they have in them?
And if they can’t actually stop Luka from going nuts, how successful are those runs going to be?
You can get Dallas on the moneyline at (+120) right now. That’s where my money will be.
CLIPPERS-MAVERICKS SERIES RESULTS
Game 1: Mavericks, 113-103
Game 2: Mavericks, 127-121
Game 3: Clippers, 118-108
Game 4: Clippers, 106-81
Game 5: Mavericks, 105-100
Game 6: Clippers at Mavericks. Friday, June 4. 9:oo p.m. ET. ESPN
Game 7: Mavericks at Clippers. Sunday, June 6. 3:30 p.m. ET. TBD