Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Monday night’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (DAL-LAC).
Mavericks vs. Clippers Game 5 pool picks
Which team will cover the spread? Clippers -7.5 or Mavericks +7.5
The Clippers are surging after two big road wins and Doncic is limited with a neck strain. Expect Los Angeles to keep the momentum going with a big win in Game 5.
Total points scored? Over/Under 217.5
This series has featured a lot of offense, but the Mavericks aren’t the same with Doncic’s injury. Dallas was shooting an unsustainable percentage in the first few games, but it feels like the team went into a shell once Doncic suffered the neck strain. This is a tough pick, but the over seems like a safer call.
Which team will reach 30 points first? Clippers or Mavericks
The Mavericks reached 30 points first in Games 1-3 before the Clippers demolished them in Game 4. I expect Los Angeles to hit the mark first in Game 5, but Dallas should keep things closer this time around.
Which team will make more 3-pointers? Clippers or Mavericks
The Mavericks have 60 3-pointers in the series to the Clippers’ 50, but Los Angeles hit 13 triples in Game 4 compared to Dallas’ five. I expect the Mavs to shoot better in Game 5 and are the pick here.
Which of these players will score the most points? Kawhi Leonard or Luka Doncic
Doncic doesn’t look the same since suffering the neck injury. although he downplayed the impact of the strain and said his performance was poor. There will be some form of a bounce back, but Leonard looks like the Finals MVP version of himself. Doncic will get volume, but Leonard is the pick here.
Luka Doncic points and assists? Over/Under 37.5
Doncic is averaging 33.3 points and 8.3 assists per game in the series, but only put up 19 and six in Game 4. That result would seem to be the anomaly of the series, so take the over in this category.
Paul George points? Over/Under 25.5
George is averaging exactly 25.0 points per game in the series, but is coming off a 6-16 showing in Game 4. While he may not reach the efficiency heights of Game 3, George should score more than 25 in Game 5.
Which team win the 4th Quarter? Clippers or Mavericks
The Clippers seem to have a renewed sense of purpose after getting dominated in the first two games. The Mavericks will make this a contest, but Doncic’s injury seems to be more real than anyone would like to admit. Take the home team to close this game out strong.
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