Dallas Mavericks (15-14) vs Los Angeles Clippers (17-13) Live | NBA Basketball on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 10:30 pm in STAPLES Center.
The Los Angeles Clippers will try to end their worst losing streak in the fourth loss by hosting the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. The Clippers lost seven of their nine games after being one of the biggest surprises in the league when they had a 15-6 start.
The Mavericks also exceeded expectations by winning 12 of 15 games, but they continued with three straight losses, including the 126-118 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday. Striker Harrison Barnes tied his season record with 30 points against Denver, while rookie send Luka Doncic scored 23 points and 12 assists in his third career double. The Clippers conceded a worse season on points when they lost 131-127 at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday and averaged 121.5 points in six games. “We have to start with the defensive side, recover our physics and let that feed our attack,” Los Angeles striker Tobias Harris told reporters. “We just have to be a little more stagnant, it also helps when we improve, we start at the offensive level to really have that feeling and have that confidence in us.”
TV: 10:30 ET, TNT
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers: Odds Line
The Line: Los Angeles Clippers -3.5 – Plus / Minus
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers: News
THE MAVERICKS (15-14):
Center DeAndre Jordan returns for the first time to the Staples Center as a guest player against the Clippers, where he spent the first 10 seasons of the NBA. Jordan recorded 16 points and 23 rebounds, the last record of the season he has matched since then, while Dallas managed a 114-110 victory at home over Los Angeles on December 2. 25 double-digit rebound attempts and 18 double.
THE CLIPPERS (17-13):
Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers puzzled by his team’s recent difficulties, but said changes in the composition are not necessary. A player under the microscope is guard Avery Bradley, who has been without scoring in two of the four games and has been one digit in five of the last seven. “We’re looking at everything, guys,” Rivers told reporters. “… It’s useful when we lose, ‘Let’s go back to something else.’ That’s probably why I do not do it, because I think the numbers will confirm.”
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers: Betting Lines
- The Clippers have won the last three home games with the Mavericks.
- Dallas PG Dennis Smith Jr. (doll) must sit for the seventh time in eight games.
- Los Angeles G Lou Williams (hamstring) should miss his fifth straight game but could return later this week.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Clippers: Prediction
Lawnmowers 111, Mavericks 109