Jan 9th, 2013 by PJ LaFerla
The Dallas Mavericks will be on the road this Wednesday evening, January 9, as they travel to Southern California for an NBA betting matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers that is set to take place at the Staples Center, with tip off scheduled for 10:35 PM EST.
The Oddsmakers are giving a comfortable advantage to the home team in this contest, as they have listed the Clippers as -10 point favorites, while setting the over/under total at 201 1/2 points.
The Mavericks come into play tonight having lost three games in a row and nine of their last ten and are now starting to fade in the standings. They are a modest 10-10 against the spread when playing on the road this season and 10-12 as an underdog. Dallas own a poor defense that allows more than 103 points per game, which is ranked 28th in the NBA.
Meanwhile, the Clippers continue to be the hottest team in the NBA, with 27 straight up wins and only 8 losses so far this season. They are a superb 15-5 ATS at home this season and 19-11 when listed as favorites. Los Angeles scores an average of 101.9 points per games, which is the 8th best offense in the NBA this season.
The Mavericks are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games against Western Conference opponents and 1-5 ATS in their last six playing on one days rest. The Mavericks have gone over the posted total in four of their last five games played on the road.
The Clippers are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games played at home and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games played overall. Six of the Clippers last seven games played against Western Conference opponents have gone over the posted total.
The Clippers, who are dominating the league this season should make quick and easy work of a fading Mavericks team that is heading for a lottery pick. Expect a blowout win by the Clippers tonight and an easy point spread cover.
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