Clippers -6.5 | O/U 211
Less than an hour from now the Clippers and Mavericks will tip-off Game 7 of the most entertaining series of the first round. Luka has been spectacular. Kawhi has been his cyborg-self.
The road team has won EVERY GAME of this series so far. If the trend continued the Mavericks would be moving on to face the Utah Jazz in the second round. If the Clippers can break that streak they will move on to Utah.
If the Mavericks want to win this game they are going to need to find a way to stop Kawhi Leonard. He has been able to get any shot he wants this entire series. If they can at least make things difficult for him then they will have a chance. Make Paul George, Reggie Jackson, and others beat you instead of the 2-time Finals MVP.
On the other side, the Mavericks need to embrace the double teams that LA has been throwing at Luka. They almost won Game 6 where Luka "only" scored 29 points on 11/24 shooting. He was passing out of double teams and they got either open 3's or layups. If the Clippers want to keep double teaming Luka he is going to need his teammates to step up in the biggest game of some of their careers.
Watch what they did in Game 6 to get to this point. For a full breakdown of the series click here.
The last 3 games of this series have not gone over the Game 7 total of 211. It seems like the under will hit again, especially with the raised intensity of a Game 7. The spread seems like too much for a Game 7 where the teams have been so evenly matched all series. Even though the Clippers have covered that number in all of their wins so far, Game 7 is different.
Even if you don't have a horse in this race. I encourage you to sit down and watch. The whole series has been one of the more entertaining in recent memory. There is bad blood between these teams and Game 7's only magnify that.
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