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Mavericks vs. Clippers odds, score prediction, time: 2024 NBA playoff picks, Game 3 best bets by proven model

The No. 5 seed Dallas Mavericks are hosting the No. 4 seed Los Angeles Clippers in a pivotal Game 3 matchup in the 2024 NBA playoffs on Friday night. After dropping the first game, the Mavs bounced back with a win before heading back to Dallas. In Game 2, Dallas defeated the Clippers 96-93. Kawhi Leonard (knee) is questionable for the Clippers. Tim Hardaway (ankle) is out and Daniel Gafford (back) is questionable for the Mavericks.

Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The Mavericks are 4.5-point favorites in the latest Clippers vs. Mavericks odds via SportsLine consensus. The over/under for total points is 211.5. Before making any Mavericks vs. Clippers picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from the proven computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned well over $10,000 in profit for $100 players on its top-rated NBA picks over the past five-plus seasons. The model enters the second week of the 2024 NBA playoffs on a sizzling 90-58 roll on all top-rated NBA picks this season, returning more than $2,800. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Mavs vs. Clippers and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Clippers vs. Mavs:

  • Mavericks vs. Clippers spread: Dallas -4.5
  • Mavericks vs. Clippers over/under: 211.5 points
  • Mavericks vs. Clippers money line: Dallas -194, Los Angeles +162
  • DAL: 34-19 ATS this season at home
  • LAC: 3-2 ATS this season against the Mavs 
  • Mavericks vs. Clippers picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why the Mavericks can cover

Guard Luka Doncic continues to show why he’s one of the best players in the NBA. The 25-year-old threads the needle as a passer while scoring from all three levels with consistency. Through two games in this series, he leads the team in scoring (32.5), rebounds (9.5) and assists (7.5). In the Game 2 win, Doncic had 32 points, six rebounds and nine assists.

Guard Kyrie Irving is one of the best ball handlers in the league. Irving can get past any defender due to his speed and quickness with the ball. The former Duke product is acrobatic in the lane while owning a pure jumper. In this series, he’s averaging 27 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per contest. In Game 1, Irving dropped 31 points, seven rebounds and four assists. See which team to pick here

Why the Clippers can cover

Forward Paul George is still an athletic two-way threat in the frontcourt. The nine-time All-Star still plays gritty defense. In this series, he’s averaging 22 points, four rebounds and 3.5 assists. George had 22 points and four assists in his last game.

Guard James Harden can still dominate the games for stretches. His playmaking ability in combination with his knack for spacing the floor does wonders for the Clippers’ offense. Through the first two games, Harden leads the team in scoring (25), assists (8) and blocks (1.5). In Game 2, he supplied 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists. See which team to pick here

How to make Clippers vs. Mavericks picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning Over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 221 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits nearly 60% of the time. You can only see the model’s pick and analysis at SportsLine

So who wins Mavericks vs. Clippers, and which side of the spread hits nearly 60% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Clippers vs. Mavericks spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that has returned more than $2,800 on its NBA picks this season, and find out.  

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