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Clippers-Mavericks Preview (March 30)
Posted By Taylor Smith On Mar 30 2011 @ 4:40 pm In Los Angeles Clippers | No Comments
The Clippers can never be too excited to see the Dallas Mavericks on the schedule.
The Mavs (52-21, third place in the Western Conference) have won the last eight meetings between the two teams, and will look to take a 3-0 lead in the season series. They’re currently riding a four-game winning streak, and just disposed of the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns on consecutive nights.
Dallas has been effective in bottling up star rookie Blake Griffin in the previous two meetings, and is holding him to 19 points and 10 rebounds on just 35 percent shooting thus far.
Los Angeles is coming off of a 94-90 win at home over the lowly Toronto Raptors Saturday night. Griffin led the team with 22 points and 16 rebounds.
The Clippers have had a tough time trying to contain offensively-limited center Tyson Chandler. He hasn’t missed a shot against them so far this season (7-7 from the floor, 15-15 from the free-throw line).
For all of their road woes, the Clippers have actually been enjoying very good success at the friendly confines of Staples Center, as they own an impressive 21-17 home record.
However, it just so happens that Dallas holds the best road mark at 26-10 away from the American Airlines Center.
The Clippers’ current eight-game losing streak at the hands of the Mavericks is their longest currently against any Western Conference opponent.
L.A. has had decent success against some of the league’s top-tier opposition, as they’ve picked up at least one win against the Lakers, Heat, Celtics, Bulls, Thunder and Spurs. Dallas is the only team you’d consider a “championship contender” that the Clippers have set to take down this season.
Following this game, the Mavericks will stay in town to take on the Lakers tomorrow night.
The Clippers will next hit the floor Friday night in Phoenix when they’ll face the Suns.
Tip-off for Wednesday is scheduled for 7:30pm PT.
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