Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Clippers 5/1/24 Free Pick, NBA Odds, NBA Predictions

Dallas Mavericks (2-2) at Los Angeles Clippers (2-2)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 at  10 p.m. EST (Crypto.com Arena)

Betting Odds: Mavs -2.5 (+100) - Over/Under (207.5)

Pick: Mavs -2.5 (+100)

This will be a pivotal game number five in this first round playoff series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Following an incredible game four where Los Angeles held a massive lead only for Dallas to come all the way back, but still come up short in the end game five should be yet another solid chapter in this opening round series. This will be a great game here on Wednesday night in Los Angeles as both teams look to grab all of the momentum with a pivotal third victory before the series ships back to Dallas for game six. This is one of the most evenly matched opening round series of the postseason so far and this game could go either way.

Dallas will be looking to grab a crucial victory here on Wednesday night to take a one game advantage heading into game six at home later this week. They have been incredible away from home this season when they are favored on the books winning 20 out of 24 games and that is a trend. They will look to continue throughout this game on Wednesday evening. Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving will record another incredible pair of playoff performances, and give the Dallas Mavericks a massive victory and greatly increase their chances of advancing to the second round in the process. The Dallas Mavericks posted a stellar record away from home this season as well winning 25 of 41 throughout the regular season. 

They have also managed to pick up a victory in Los Angeles throughout this postseason series as well. The one major question mark for the Dallas Mavericks in this game, is the fact that Luka Dončić is currently listed as a gametime decision and it could impact his play throughout this one. Which means more responsibility may fall on the shoulders of Kyrie Irving, but we have seen throughout his career, he is more than capable of handling that responsibility. This could be a career game for Kyrie Irving on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, as he could single-handedly lift the Dallas Mavericks to a victory if Luka Doncic is unavailable.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will be missing a major piece of their lineup when they tip off this game on Wednesday night. As Kawhi Leonard is expected to miss game five of this series and that could be a fatal blow for Los Angeles here at home in this one. They will be without one of the best defensive players in the NBA and one of their top scorers as well, and they will need to shut down Luka Dončić in order to pick up the victory. Without someone like Kawhi Leonard in the lineup that could prove to be difficult for the Los Angeles Clippers here in this one. 

If they failed to protect their court for the second time in this series, it could be an opportunity to win an NBA championship this season and advance to the second round of the playoffs. They will figure out a way to grab at home on Wednesday night and then try and steal one on the road in Dallas to clinch this series. If they can manage to grab a victory in this one, a loss in Dallas would not hurt them too bad knowing they have to come home for game seven. However, they will look to put all doubt behind them and grab a pivotal third victory here at home on Wednesday despite being the underdog on the books.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Dallas is 20-4 as a road favorite  

- Dallas is 26-17 on the road 

- LA is 2-4 as a home underdog 

Despite this game being on the road in Los Angeles, I do look for the Dallas Mavericks to pick up the victory. Los Angeles is dealing with some minor injury issues, and I expect that to hamper the Los Angeles Clippers throughout this game on Wednesday night at home. I am expecting a close and competitive match up throughout the entirety of the contest, but in the end, I do look for Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving to lead Dallas to victory. Not only do I look for the Dallas Mavericks to grab the victory in this game, but I also look for them to cover the spread in the process. 

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