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Mavericks vs. Clippers pick against the spread, best player prop first round NBA playoffs

We go over some of the best betting options for the first round 2021 NBA playoff matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers plays defense on Luka Doncic of the Dallas Maverickson March 15, 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images

In a rematch of last season’s first-round series in the Orlando bubble, the No. 4 seed Los Angeles Clippers meet the No. 5 seed Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2021 NBA playoffs. Both teams will be looking to start strong in Game 1 and set the tone for the rest of the series.

Update: Here are some betting splits for Game 1 via DKSB.

Mavericks-Clippers Game 1 Betting Splits

Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
DAL Mavericks 5.5 64% 51% Over 218.5 55% 77% +188 20% 19%
LA Clippers -5.5 36% 49% Under 218.5 45% 23% -230 80% 81%

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Pick ATS: Clippers -5

No one will admit this, but the Clippers will be highly motivated to silence a lot of recent noise regarding their strategy down the stretch of the regular season to take the No. 4 seed. Head coach Tyronn Lue chalked it up to health, but Kawhi Leonard and Paul George won’t take kindly to accusations about ducking the Lakers. This is a championship-caliber team on a mission to erase last season’s disappointing ending. Look for LA to take Game 1 in commanding fashion.

Player Prop: Luka Doncic Over 44.5 Points, Rebounds and Assists

Doncic averaged 31.0 points, 8.7 assists and 9.8 rebounds per game in last season’s playoff series vs. LA. Add those up and you get 48. This season, Doncic is averaging 43.5 points, rebounds and assists per game, but expect him to boost his production. He’s going to be tasked which much of the offensive burden for Dallas again and knows he needs to perform well for the Mavs to have any chance in the series.

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