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How the public is betting Clippers vs. Mavericks first-round playoff series

The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks face off in the first round round for the 2020 NBA Playoffs. We break down how the public is betting the series and Game 1.

LA Clippers forward Paul George and Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic in action during the game between the Mavericks and the Clippers at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks open their first-round series on Monday, August 17th at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Clippers claimed the 2-seed in the playoffs, while the Mavericks stayed put at the 7-seed after the seeding round. We’ll take a look at how the public is betting Game 1 of the series and beyond.

With the Clippers looking to be nearly at full-strength, it’s been hard for the public to make any bets on the Mavericks. Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley are both questionable for Game 1. If each of them return at some point in the series, the Clips will be tough to beat. With many banking on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, 98 percent of the handle is coming in on the Clippers to win the series. Even 86 percent of the bets are on the Clippers. Would it surprise anyone if Luka Doncic went beast mode and lifted the Mavs to a series win? I guess it would.

Here’s the rest of the schedule for Clippers-Mavericks in the first round:

Game 1: Mon, Aug 17 Dallas at LA, 9 ET, ESPN
Game 2: Wed, Aug 19 Dallas at LA, 9 ET, TNT
Game 3: Fri, Aug 21 LA at Dallas, 9 ET, TNT
Game 4: Sun, Aug 23 LA at Dallas, 3:30 ET, ABC
Game 5*: Tue, Aug 25 Dallas at LA, TBD, TBD
Game 6*: Thu, Aug 27 LA at Dallas, TBD, ESPN
Game 7*: Sat, Aug 29 Dallas at LA, TBD, TNT