The Dallas Mavericks will look to be the first team in the series to win a home game when the Los Angeles Clippers come to town looking to push the series to Game 7. Luka Doncic looks like his usual self despite dealing with a neck strain, while Kawhi Leonard needs to re-discover his championship form to keep Los Angeles’ season alive.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Thursday night’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (LAC-DAL).
Which team will cover the spread? Clippers -2.5, Mavericks +2.5
The road team has taken every game in the series and the Clippers will be desperate. The Mavericks withstood a late run in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead, but Los Angeles should be favored in this game. Take the Clippers to force Game 7.
Total points scored for LAC vs. DAL? O/U 216.5
The last three games have gone under the 216.5 mark. Four of the five games in the series have been under 216.5. It’s tough to predict when an offensive outburst will occur, but the under has been the consistent play at this number.
Which team will reach 30 points first? Clippers, Mavericks
The Clippers can’t afford to fall behind early and should jump out to a lead. Of course, this was the thinking ahead of Game 3 before the Mavericks took a massive advantage. With Doncic looking like himself, the Mavericks might be the smarter play here.
Which team will make more 3-pointers? Clippers, Mavericks
The Mavericks have shot the ball better from deep in the series and have been the better team from the perimeter this season. Take Dallas to make more triples in Game 6.
Which player will have more points and assists? Kawhi Leonard or Paul George
Both players are averaging similar assist numbers with Leonard at 4.0 and George at 4.8. The two-time Finals MVP is putting up 30.4 points per game while George is averaging 24.6. Leonard is the stronger play here.
Total points scored by Kawhi Leonard? O/U 29.5
Leonard has gone under this total in the last two games, but is due for a big performance in Game 6. He’s going to get plenty of opportunities and should cross the 30-point threshold.
Total points, rebounds and assists for Luka Doncic? O/U 47.5
Doncic has been the best player in the series and his gaudy production should continue. Take the over here.
Which team will win the 4th quarter? Clippers, Mavericks
The Clippers are the more desperate team and after recovering from a mental lapse at the beginning of Game 3 to win, they’ll feel confident about climbing out of any hole. Of course, they probably don’t want Game 6 to start like Game 3 so expect more energy. The Mavs keep this close but Los Angeles should pull away in the fourth quarter. Take the Clippers.
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