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Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Game 2 Odds, Predictions & Player Props for April 23

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in NBA Basketball

Updated Apr 24, 2024 · 1:29 PM PDT

Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber blocking a dunk attempt by Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George
Apr 21, 2024; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) blocks a dunk attempt by Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George (13) in the second half of game one of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs t Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
  • The LA Clippers can take a 2-0 lead on the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night
  • LAC embarrassed the Mavs on Sunday to take 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series
  • Below, find the Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Game 2 odds, player props, and predictions

No Kawhi Leonard, no problem for the LA Clippers (52-31, 26-16 home, 38-45 ATS) in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series with the Dallas Mavericks (50-33, 25-17 away, 47-36 ATS). The Clippers opened a ludicrous 56-30 lead by halftime and cruised to a 109-97 victory on Sunday night.

But with Leonard likely to miss his second straight game with a knee injury, oddsmakers have once again listed Dallas as a slight road favorite in the Mavericks vs Clippers odds for Game 2, which tips off at 7:10 pm PT/10:10 pm ET on Tuesday at crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Dallas Mavericks -2.5 (-105) -133 Over 216.5 (-115)
LA Clippers +2.5 (-115) +110 Under 216.5 (-105)

After entering Game 1 as 3.5-point chalk, the Mavericks are listed as 2.5-point road favorites over the Clippers in Game 2 and -133 on the moneyline to even the series at one game apience. The Clippers are +110 underdogs to take 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The game total has plummeted from 221.5 to 216.5.

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Odds as of April 23 at BetMGM. Lock in a BetMGM promo code to before wagering on Mavericks vs Clippers Game 2.

The winner of the Mavs/Clippers series will face the winner of the #8 Pelicans/#1 Thunder in the second round of the NBA playoff bracket. OKC currently holds a 1-0 lead after a narrow 94-92 win on Sunday night.

Leonard is the only player on either team listed on the DAL/LAC Game 2 injury reports.

LAC’s New “Big Three”: Harden, George, and … Zubac?

James Harden (28 points, eight assists) and Paul George (22 points, six rebounds, three assists) were both rock-solid for the Clippers on Sunday, and they got a big helping hand from center Ivica Zubac, who added 20 points and a game-high 15 rebounds to help the Clippers finish +4 on the glass.

On the Dallas side, Luka Doncic had a game-high 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting plus 13 rebounds, and six assists, while Kyrie Irving added 31 points on 10-of-18 from the field. But the Mavs supporting cast was basically non-existent. The rest of the Dallas squad had just 33 points on 10-of-36 shooting from the field (27.8%).

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The Mavericks are now 1-3 against the Clippers this season and have lost three in a row to LAC, all by at least nine points.

Dallas players not named Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are on a dismal run dating back to the regular season. Both stars sat out the Mavericks’ final two games of the regular season, which resulted in a 107-89 home setback to the NBA-worst Detroit Pistons, and a thoroughly embarrassing 135-86 loss at the Thunder (which OKC led 82-41 at halftime).

DAL vs LAC Player Props

Player Points Rebounds Assists Three-Pointers Made
Daniel Gafford (DAL) 8.5 (Ov -115 | Un -105) 5.5 (Ov -122 | Un +102) OFF OFF
Ivica Zubac (LAC) 13.5 (Ov +102 | Un -122) 10.5 (Ov -112 | Un -108) OFF OFF
James Harden (LAC) 19.5 (Ov -102 | Un -118) 5.5 (Ov +114 | Un -135) 8.5 (Ov -118 | Un -102) 2.5 (Ov -142 | Un +120)
Kyrie Irving (DAL) 25.5 (Ov -112 | Un -108) 4.5 (Ov -102 | Un -118) 4.5 (Ov -102 | Un -118) 3.5 (Ov +130 | Un -155)
Luka Doncic (DAL) 33.5 (Ov -115 | Un -105) 9.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110) 9.5 (Ov -100 | Un -120) 4.5 (Ov -118 | Un -102)
PJ Washington (DAL) 11.5 (Ov -120 | Un -100) 5.5 (Ov -118 | Un -102) OFF 1.5 (Ov -148 | Un +124)
Paul George (LAC) 24.5 (Ov -108 | Un -112) 5.5 (Ov +102 | Un -122) 3.5 (Ov +105 | Un -125) 3.5 (Ov +124 | Un -148)
Terrence Mann (LAC) 10.5 (Ov -102 | Un -118) 4.5 (Ov +114 | Un -135) OFF 1.5 (Ov +164 | Un -198)
Tim Hardaway Jr (DAL) 6.5 (Ov -105 | Un -115) OFF OFF 1.5 (Ov  -102 | Un -118)

Player prop odds as of April 23 at DraftKings. See the list of DraftKings legal states

Doncic once again has the highest point total on the board at 33.5, followed by teammate Irving at 25.5. George leads the Clipper players at 24.5 with Harden at 19.5.

Mavericks vs Clippers Game 2 Prediction

For the better part of the last two weeks, Dallas’ supporting cast has barely looked like they belong in the G-League, let alone the NBA. Doncic and Irving were both decent in Game 1 but that wasn’t nearly enough to keep the Mavs competitive.

While the Clippers are undoubtedly a better team with Kawhi in the lineup, they are plenty used to playing without him, going 8-7 in 15 games sans Leonard this year, considerably better than their 11-22 record without Kawhi last year (including postseason). The Clippers even went on a four-game win streak without Leonard late in the regular season, which included wins home wins over Denver and Cleveland, and a road win at Phoenix.

I don’t expect Dallas’ slump to come to an end tonight, and I love the value on the Clippers at plus-money.

DAL vs LAC Game 2 picks:

  • Clippers moneyline (+110)
  • Zubac over 13.5 points (+102)
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