- The Los Angeles Clippers are down 0-2 to the Dallas Mavericks.
- Now, in Dallas, the Clippers are -145 favorites on the moneyline.
- However, they are +230 to win the series overall.
LAS VEGAS - Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Los Angeles Clippers, after a regular season that saw them hailed as contenders, are being outplayed by a lower seed in a playoff series.
At this point, anyone wagering on the Clippers in the playoffs and expecting to be paid out is acting out the proverbial definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
In the immortal words of Russell Westbrook:
Russell Westbrook: “Pat Bev trick y’all, man, like he playing defense. He don’t guard nobody, man. He just running around, doing nothing.” Made sure to note that James Harden scored 47 tonight.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 14, 2019
And thus, here we are once again. It’s the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Los Angeles Clippers are down 0-2 to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs are, of course, heavy favorites to win the series from this point, and there’s no reason to doubt them.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks Series Odds
- Los Angeles Clippers +230
- Dallas Mavericks -280
It’s important to note that as the higher seed, the Clippers had home court advantage in this series.
They promptly squandered it by losing both of their games at home, leaving Dallas in the driver's seat in more ways than one.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 3 Moneyline
- Los Angeles Clippers -145
- Dallas Mavericks +125
The problem for the online sportsbooks - and anyone who wishes to wager on this matchup - is that it’s hard to count the Clippers out.
Indeed, they’re favored in Game 3 against a team that dominated them twice at home, with -145 odds to win the game.
They’ll probably be favored in all the rest of the games of this series, whether there are two games or five games remaining.
This is a lesson in sticking to prior assumptions. Yes, the Mavericks defeated the Clippers twice in a row, but that doesn’t guarantee a third victory.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 3 Spread
- Los Angeles Clippers -2.5 (-115)
- Dallas Mavericks +2.5 (-105)
The spread at least acknowledges that the matchup is quite close, and it’s a one possession game in favor of the Clippers.
This is a very intriguing series at the moment, with the underdog up 2-0, and the favorite struggling to claw back in.
Sports bettors can place wagers on this one at the online sportsbooks, and this is truly one of the most intriguing series’ running.