Clippers vs. Mavericks NBA Odds & Picks: Sharps Think Paul George & Kawhi Leonard Bounce Back in Game 3 (Friday, May 28)

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Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Los Angeles Clippers standout Paul George.

  • The Clippers are down 2-0 in the first round of their playoff series with the Mavericks and need to slow down Luka Dončić to have a chance in this series.
  • Our PRO Systems sees an edge for the Clippers, who are a great road team, in Friday's pivotal Game 3 showdown.

NBA Odds: Clippers vs. Mavericks

Clippers Odds -2.5
Mavericks Odds +2.5
Over/Under 219.5
Time | Channel 9:30 p.m. ET | ESPN
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Easily the biggest upset in the 2021 NBA postseason would be the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George-led Los Angeles Clippers being eliminated in the first round.

The Clippers were -400 at DraftKings to win the series before Game 1. Los Angeles is now +225 to win this series at DraftKings Sportsbook after falling into an 0-2 hole.

Leonard and George have scored well, with Leonard specifically dazzling with his 41-point showing in Game 2.

Kawhi Leonard 🔥

Just dropped 30 pts in the 1st half to cash the over on his points (28.5) and 3PM (1.5) ✅ pic.twitter.com/eCUVQGrF9j

— NBABet (@nbabet) May 26, 2021

However, their defensive ability hasn’t shown up when it comes to slowing down generational talent Luka Dončić. He has been simply slicing up whatever defensive look Tyronn Lue and the Clippers’ staff throws at him.

Game 1: Mavs ML (+200), Luka o27.5 pts & o2.5 3PM
Game 2: Mavs ML (+240), Luka o28.5 pts & o2.5 3PM

Dallas leaves L.A. up 2-0… 💰 pic.twitter.com/4vYbeIsVVT

— NBABet (@nbabet) May 26, 2021

With Kristaps Porzingis not playing at a high level, Dallas has managed to steal both games in L.A. behind Doncic’s 35.0 points per game (PPG) on 50.9% shooting from the field.

The Clippers will have some confidence on the road, as they have been a solid team in that regard all year.  Los Angeles was a respectable 18-17-1 Against The Spread (ATS) on the road. On the other side, the Mavericks were 15-21 ATS at home.

Although it is clear that the Clippers don’t have a great answer for Dončić beyond Leonard or George shutting him down individually, our latest PRO Report shows that there is reason to back the Clippers.

NBA Picks: Clippers vs. Mavericks

Sharp Action

The line for Clippers-Mavericks Game 3 opened up at Clippers -1 before it was driven up to Clippers -2.5 ahead of this huge  contest. The growing confidence sharp bettors have in the Clippers on the road is shown by this line movement.

Since Wednesday, four Action Labs Bet Signals have been triggered on the Clippers.

PRO Systems

Game 3 between Los Angeles and Dallas fits into The Action Network’s “NBA Playoffs: More Money on Favorites PRO System,” which has a 60% win rate and a 17% Return On Investment (ROI) since 2015.

PRO Report Pick: Clippers -2.5 (+100 at PointsBet)

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