Mavericks at Clippers 12/20/18 - NBA Picks & Predictions

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Last Updated: 08/07/2019 at 1:11 PM ET

Staples Center will play host to a Thursday night NBA clash between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers. Dallas has lost three straight games and is a game above .500 overall. On Tuesday, the Mavericks were torched for 74 points during the first half of a 126-118 road loss at Denver. Dallas was outrebounded by a 55-42 margin and allowed the Nuggets to shoot a sizzling 56 percent from the field.

Dallas F Harrison Barnes tallied a team high 30 points on a 10-for-16 shooting performance. Rookie Luka Doncic chipped in 23 points to go along with 12 assists and six rebounds for the Mavericks. The Los Angeles Clippers started off the season as the hottest team in the Western Conference, but enter this contest looking to snap a three-game skid. On Monday, Los Angeles was outscored by 14 points during the third quarter of a 131-127 home loss versus Portland. The Clippers knocked down 10-for-27 from long distance and shot 51 percent overall.

Tobias Harris matched Damian Lillard with a game high 39 points on 15-for-22 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari contributed 22 points and five rebounds for the Clippers.

Los Angeles G Lou Williams is listed as questionable for this contest with a sore left hamstring. The Clippers rank ninth in the league in tempo and 22nd in defensive efficiency. Look for both teams to get things going offensively and push this game over the total. Final Score Prediction, Los Angeles Clippers win in high scoring over game 116-113.

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