The Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks meet in a pivotal Game 5 Wednesday night after Los Angeles took home-court advantage back with two wins in Dallas. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George seem to have shaken off the initial shock of a 2-0 deficit and Luka Doncic looked off dealing with a neck injury. Here’s how bettors should approach Game 5 between the Clippers and Mavs.
Pick ATS: Clippers -7.5 (-108)
The Clippers demolished the Mavericks with Doncic clearly struggling due to a strain in his neck. He is probable to play in Game 5, but expect him to be limited again by the injury. Leonard and George seem poised to take Game 5 and the Clippers role players have shown more energy and burst in the last two games. Expect the home team to keep this momentum going.
Player Prop: Kawhi Leonard over 30.5 points (+100)
Leonard is averaging 33.0 points per game in the series, but his efficiency has gone up in the last two games to clearly unsustainable levels. That being said, the volume will still be there for Leonard and he’s going to get close to this mark. At +100, there’s good value here for bettors, especially those who think the Clippers will win Game 5.
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