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Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers Game 5: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers will square off in a crucial Game 5 at Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday night and the winner will take a 3-2 lead in this first-round series in the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

Dallas had a chance to take control of this series with a 2-1 advantage and playing at home on Sunday, but Los Angeles tied things up with a hard-fought 116-11 victory.

The Clippers now return home, where they took Game 1 before losing Game 2. It's time to break down the betting odds and make our best bets.  

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers betting picks and predictions  

Los Angeles Clippers +3 (-110)  

These two have been going back and forth in one of the most exciting series of the first round.

Momentum is back on the Clippers' side after they regained home-court advantage with a dramatic Game 4 win. 

Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out of Game 5 due to a recurring knee injury, but you could argue that the Mavericks are hurting even more since Luka Doncic is dealing with a sprained knee.

Doncic has been playing, but Dallas isn't deep enough to overcome its star player being less than 100 percent. Los Angeles, on the other hand, has shown it already has more than enough depth to make up for Leonard being out. 

Los Angeles has won four of the last six head-to-head contests dating back to the regular season. Look for the home team to have the Mavs' number again on Wednesday night.

Under 208.5 (-110)

In three trips to Crypto.com Arena during the 2023/24 campaign (one in the regular season), the Mavericks have scored 88, 97 and 96 points. Those games finished with totals of 195, 206 and 189 points. 

It's hard to see these two teams suddenly combining for at least 209 in Los Angeles. Doncic is obviously well below 100 percent, which explains why he is shooting worse than 40 percent from the field and 26 percent from three-point range in this series.

Moreover, so far in the playoffs these two clubs rank eighth and 11th in offensive efficiency. Their games are averaging 92 possessions; only Knicks-Sixers and Celtics-Heat have averaged fewer. The Under looks like the way to play Game 5.  

Terance Mann Over 9.5 points (-115)

With Leonard sidelined again, Terance Mann should be in line for a productive night at the office. With Leonard out for Game 1, Mann logged 39 minutes of playing time and scored 13 points.

The Clippers' best player returned for Game 2 and Game 3; not coincidentally, the 27-year-old Mann played just 21 and 23 minutes in those contests and scored a combined total of seven points.

Leonard got hurt again and missed Game 4, resulting in Mann seeing the court for 35 minutes on Sunday and finishing with 11 points.

Are you sensing a trend here? If not, you should be! When Leonard is absent, Mann becomes an integral part of L.A.'s offense but when Leonard is on the floor, Mann pretty much gets phased out. 

Mann has scored at least 11 points in six of the last 10 outings dating back to the regular season. All six successes have come without Leonard. Those performances include point totals of 19, 14, 17 and 24 for the former Florida State standout.

It's also safe to assume that the Mavericks' defense will be focused on stopping Harden and making other guys beat them, so all signs point to Mann putting up plenty of points in Game 5. 

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers odds

Dallas Mavericks

-150 ML

Los Angeles Clippers

+125 ML

Spread

DAL Mavericks -3.0

Total Points

O/U 208.5

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles player props

Player Points

Luka Doncic (DAL) 

O/U 32.5

Kyrie Irving (DAL) 

O/U 25.5

P.J. Washington (DAL) 

O/U 10.5

Paul George (LAC) 

O/U 24.5

James Harden (LAC) 

O/U 22.5

Ivica Zubac (LAC) 

O/U 14.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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