Matchup: Dallas Mavericks vs LA Clippers
Records: Mavericks (15-14), Clippers (17-13)
Where to Watch
Date: Friday, Dec. 21
Time: 9:00 am
TV: Sony Ten1
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
It's been a rough December for the LA Clippers. After starting the season's first 21 games with a 15-6 record, the team has gone 2-7 in the last month of the year including their current 4-game losing streak.
Even the two wins weren't too convincing, on one occasion they escaped New Orleans with a 3-point victory and the other was an overtime victory in Phoenix.
Their 13th-best defense (107.6) over October and November has slipped to 28th (115.6) in December. On the other end of the floor, their offense has seen an even worse slide. After having the league's 4th-best offense (113.0) until Nov. 30, they currently rank 25th (104.8) in offensive rating.
Their current slump has seen them slip from being the West's top team to being four games behind the top spot as the fifth seed. Unfortunately, Lou Williams, who has missed the team's last four games, is set to miss this one as well.
Their opponents, the Dallas Mavericks, haven't been doing great recently themselves.
Having recovered from a 3-8 start to the season with a 12-3 run, the Mavs have dropped their last three games. Coincidentally, they've gone winless since Dirk Nowitzki made his return in Phoenix. This might ring the alarm bells but it shouldn't.
The team's defense-first mentality has seen them rack up wins consistently when they find their rhythm. Although they are ranked as the 11th-best defense for the season, during their 12-3 run, they can boast off about having the league's 4th-best defense (102.5).
Unless the team turns things around in this adversity, it's a tough stretch ahead. The Mavericks play their next three games on the road in 4 nights.
No matter what up and downs the franchise undergoes this season, drafting Luka Doncic has secured its long-term future. It's been all about him so far, being a clear frontrunner in the Rookie of the Year race with averages of 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.9 assists on 43.1% shooting.
- Going by the home and away records for these teams, it's easy who you want to bet on. The Clippers have gone 9-4 in their 13 previous games at the Staples Center, meanwhile, the Mavericks are a disastrous 2-11 in their 13 road games.
- The visiting Mavericks are set to miss Maxi Kleber while their 2017 Draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. is a game-time decision.
- For the Clippers, Jerome Robinson and Luc Mbah A Moute are guaranteed absentees while Lou Williams is a game-time decision.
Last Time They Played
Date: Dec. 3, 2018
Score: Mavericks 114, Clippers 110
Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan - 16 points, 23 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block
Clippers: Lou Williams - 21 points, 8 assists, and 3 rebounds