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Clippers-Mavericks Preview (March 26)
Posted By Taylor Smith On Mar 26 2013 @ 12:40 pm In Los Angeles Clippers,NBA | No Comments
The L.A. Clippers will begin a key four-game road swing Tuesday night when they take on the Mavericks in Dallas.
The team has won two games in a row (for the first time in what seems like forever), and is looking to build upon a solid 101-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
The trip will take the Clippers through Dallas, New Orleans, San Antonio and Houston before they head home to face the Pacers on April 1.
The Mavs, meanwhile, have quietly climbed back into the thick of the Western Conference playoff race.
They’re currently just 34-36, but they’ve won two in-a-row after a big win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday. The Jazz and Mavs are battling the Lakers for the eighth and final playoff spot. Dallas has won eight of their last 11 games overall.
The Clippers moved back into third place in the West on Monday, despite not playing. Losses by Denver and Memphis boosted L.A. back into the No. 3 position, where they’ll hope to stay.
Los Angeles has won each of the previous two meetings between the teams this season, and has won three straight overall against Dallas. They may be without guard Chauncey Billups for a second straight game as he continues to nurse a sore groin. He’ll be a game-time decision Tuesday.
Chris Paul is expected to play despite suffering a minor knee injury in the win over the Nets.
The Mavericks have struggled mightily against the top teams in the conference, with a record of 1-13 against the Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Nuggets and Grizzlies.
Tip-off will be later than usual due to the game being televised nationally on TNT. They’ll get going at 6:30pm PT.
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