Written by Michael
Bet on the NBAThe Los Angeles Clippers have been on a good run in recent weeks, thus potentially helping to improve coach Vinny Del Negro's job security.
The 31-21 Clippers have five wins in a row and are 7-3 in their last ten games. The Dallas Mavericks are also 7-3 in their last ten and have a 30-23 record. These two teams are dealing with the same momentum and will be taking each other on tonight in Dallas' American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks' Delonte West has returned for the Mavericks after suffering a finger injury that kept him out for about a month. West had 15 points in Friday's 100-98 win over Orlando. However, Lamar Odom has an unspecified illness and is in a questionable status for this game.
Dirk Nowitzki has experienced his best month of the season in March. Nowitzki averaged 25.2 points per game in March. This includes 40 on March 3 against Utah. The lowest total he had in March was 13 against Sacramento on March 9.
The Los Angeles Clippers have a potential to go for their first six game winning streak since 1992. However, the Clippers will be doing with some injury concerns in mind. There are no signs of Chauncey Billups coming back from his injury any time soon. Billups was fourth on the Clippers with 15 points per game.
Chris Paul also had a bruised elbow on Saturday and was forced out of the game. He is expected to come in for tonight's game but it is unclear as to what extent. Paul is second to Blake Griffin with 19.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Griffin has 21 points and 11 rebounds in each game.
The game will be exceptionally close thanks to the strong performances that both teams have been going through this year. However, the home court advantage for the Mavericks will give them the benefit on tonight's line in the sportsbook. The Mavericks are -4.5 favorites. The game also has a 189.5 over/under.