LA Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks
Date and Time: Saturday, June 5,2021 6:30 AM IST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas.
Prediction: Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks will host the LA Clippers in Game 6 of a thrilling 2021 NBA Playoffs first-round series. The Mavericks re-gained control of the series following a narrow win in Game 5.
The LA Clippers got off to a rocky start, losing their first two games to the Mavericks. They hit back to tie the series but once again failed to make use of home-court advantage and now find themselves 3-2 down.
The LA Clippers were in danger of being swept with the way the Dallas Mavericks started the series. However, Dallas let slip a 2-0 lead, losing both games in front of their home crowd. Luka Doncic’s injury and the failure of his teammates to step up cost the Mavericks Games 3 and 4.
The LA Clippers have struggled in the postseason. Although Paul George and Kahwi Leonard have made significant contributions, the same cannot be said for the rest of the team who have struggled to put points on the board.
The Dallas Mavericks are one win away from exacting revenge on the LA Clippers for their first-round exit in 2020. Although the Clippers are still in the tie, the Mavericks look the more likely to advance to the second round.
Rick Carlisle guided the Dallas Mavericks to the Championship in 2011 and has the experience to lead them on another deep run this year. Dallas has continually been bailed out by its guards thus far and will need more production from the frontcourt.
With momentum on their side, the Dallas Mavericks should be able to deliver the final blow of this series in front of their home fans. Both teams have been awful on home court in this series, and the Mavericks have an opportunity to change that.
The LA Clippers, however, do have the talent to turn this series around. If the Clippers hope to make it past the first round, Paul George needs to get red-hot from the field, while Leonard needs to deliver the types of performances that earned him two NBA Finals MVP awards.
The Clippers have so far failed to contain Doncic and that could ultimately lead to their exit.
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