781 Clippers (-4) over Mavs
After a disappointing loss and defensive performance I’m expecting the Clippers to be motivated to send a message to a potential 1st round matchup opponent tonight. The Clippers have 2 of the top perimeter defenders in Leonard and George and I’m expecting them to be motivated to shut Luka down like they’ve done in their previous matchups this year with their top 5 defensive rating. Since the restart the Mavs have giving up 126.6 points/game in their 3 games and they only played 1 offense that was rated inside the top 10 offensively. Before the shutdown Paul George was having a decent season averaging 21 points 4 rebounds and 3 assists but since the restart he looks like his MVP form averaging 27 points 4 rebounds and 4 assists while shooting 49% from the field and 51% from 3 with over 9 attempts with a +16.1 on/off court net rating. I’m with the market by backing the Clippers as they’re getting over 75% of the early money and taking the worse number but I believe this is a motivated spot and the Clippers get a double digit win.