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NBA Picks: Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Jan. 9

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 9, 2013

NBA Picks: Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Jan. 9

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    Blake Griffin has averaged 19.3 points in seven games when facing Dirk Nowitzki, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks against the spread (ATS) on Wednesday night, as the Los Angeles Clippers (27-8) host the Dallas Mavericks (13-22) at the Staples Center.

    Sports bettors will find that the Clippers are 10.5-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total has held steady at 200.5.

    Griffin had 19 points and 13 rebounds in the Clippers' 112-90 victory over the Mavericks in the first series between these teams on Dec. 5.

    Let's take a closer look at this Western Conference matchup from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction on the total along the way.

Dallas Mavericks

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    The Dallas Mavericks have lost nine of 10 games since Dirk Nowitzki returned to the active roster, which includes a 100-94 defeat to the Utah Jazz as five-point road underdogs on Monday night.

    Sports bettors will find that the Mavericks are 2-1-1 ATS when playing as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points this season, but they have lost all four of those games in straight-up fashion. 

Los Angeles Clippers

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    The Los Angeles Clippers have won a franchise-record 12 consecutive home games, and they've averaged 107.1 points per game in that span.  

    Sports bettors will find that the Clippers are 15-5 ATS at the Staples Center this year, with the OVER going 12-7-1 in that situation.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their pro basketball predictions on Wednesday night, as the OVER is 3-1 in the Los Angeles Clippers' four home games as favorites of 9.5 to 12 points this year.

    NBA Pick: Over 200.5

     

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