Wednesday NBA odds: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers
Dallas enters off a 92-77 win over Detroit on Sunday. O.J. Mayo dominated the third quarter on his way to 27 points, helping Dallas celebrate Derek Fisher’s Mavericks debut. Mayo’s transition bucket got the Mavs’ offense running again, and he fed off the pace by hitting four 3-pointers while scoring 16 points during a 17-4 run that stretched into a 25-6 surge and erased a nine-point Detroit lead in the third quarter.
Mayo, who shot 32 percent and made just one of 10 from 3-point range the previous three games, scored the first 11 Dallas points in the third quarter, including a trio of 3s punctuated by a timeout as disgusted Detroit coach Lawrence Frank stomped onto the court well before the whistle even blew. The Mayo surge started on defense for Dallas, which held the Pistons to 20 percent shooting while outscoring them 25-11 in the third quarter. Fisher got the start a day after the 16-year veteran’s first practice with the Mavs. Former starting point guard Darren Collison had 12 points, six assists and five steals in his first game off the bench, when Dominique Jones started at point guard in last week’s loss to the 76ers. In Fisher’s first game, Collison played a key role in the win over the Pistons, contributing five points, eight assists and no turnovers.
The Clippers (11-6) won 105-104 at Utah on Monday night. Blake Griffin led Los Angeles with a season-high 30 points and Jamal Crawford added 20 off the bench, including a pair of late free throws for the Clippers. The loss was the first at home this season for the Jazz and first at home for Utah since a 107-105 setback against Phoenix on April 4.
The Mavericks have won 17 of the last 20 regular-season meetings with the Clippers, but the Clippers took the 2011-12 season series, 2-1. The Clippers snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Mavericks with a win at Los Angeles on 1/18/12…Chauncey Billups hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.0 second remaining to give the Clippers a 91-89 victory on 1/18/12. It was their first win over the Mavericks since 11/9/08 (103-92). The Mavericks have won 28 of the last 34 matchups with the Clippers at home…But the Clippers snapped a 10-game road losing streak against the Mavericks with a win at Dallas on 4/2/12. It was the Clippers’ first win in Dallas since 4/19/06 (85-71). The Mavericks have taken nine of the last 12 meetings in Los Angeles.
WagerWeb.com trends: Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles. Mavericks are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. Favorite is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings. Under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Los Angeles. Under is 21-9 in the last 30 meetings.