The Mavericks and Clippers come into Game 4 with Dallas eyeing a 3-1 series lead while Los Angeles looks to take back home-court advantage with a victory. Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic have been on fire in the series, but this game will likely come down to how the Mavericks adjust to LA’s small-ball tactics and tweaked rotation.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Sunday afternoon’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (DAL-LAC).
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers Game 4 pool picks
Which team will cover the spread? Clippers -3.5 or Mavericks +3.5
After falling down big early in Game 3, the Clippers finally woke up and looked like the contenders many expected them to be in the preseason. Leonard and Paul George took over the game and LA’s small-ball rotation gave Dallas fits. Expect a closer contest in Game 4, but the Clippers have gained an edge and should be the bet here.
Total points scored? Over/Under 221.5
There’s been a lot of offense in this series and expect that to continue. The last two games have gone over this number and I expect Game 4 to follow the same script. The Mavericks eventually cooled off from deep, but they still got decent looks. Doncic might not sit for long stretches after his absences almost directly correlated with LA’s runs, leading to more scoring.
Which team will reach 30 points first? Clippers or Mavericks
The Mavericks have reached 30 points first in each game. I don’t expect the Clippers to come out flat for a fourth straight game, but Dallas is still the pick here.
Which team will have more rebounds? Clippers or Mavericks
The Clippers hold a 117-109 rebounding edge, making this a close contest. Los Angeles will likely go small for most of the game again, but the Mavericks failed to take advantage on the glass. Take the Clippers here.
Which of these players will score the most points? Kawhi Leonard, Paul George or Luka Doncic
Doncic looks like best player in the series and has been lights out from the floor. He may get even more run as Dallas looks to avoid going back to LA tied 2-2. He’s a good bet to be the leading scorer in the game.
Kawhi Leonard points? Over/Under 30.5
Leonard is the best player on the Clippers and has finally gotten going. He’s going to take it upon himself to carry Los Angeles back home level in the series and that requires another dominant offensive performance. Take the over.
Will Luka Doncic record a double-double?
We know the points will be there and because Doncic racks up assists and rebounds, there’s a good chance he reaches double figures in at least one of those categories. After failing to get a double-double in the last two contests, take Doncic to tally one in Game 4.
Which team win the 4th Quarter? Clippers or Mavericks
The Clippers have started off games poorly, but they’ve closed well. The Mavericks have started off hot, but struggled to put Los Angeles away late. Take the Clippers to win the fourth quarter in Game 4.
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