DALLAS MAVERICKS (8-9)
at LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (11-6)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 10:35 p.m. ET
Line: Los Angeles -8.5, Total: 198
The Clippers are looking to build upon a three-game winning streak when they host Dallas on Wednesday night.
The Mavericks are struggling, and have won only one of their past four games. That win came in a home game against Detroit on Saturday, but the Mavericks have really struggled on the road, losing six of their past seven SU (2-5 ATS). The Clippers, on the other hand, are sizzling hot since getting back Chauncey Billups from his Achilles injury suffered a year ago. They are a perfect 3-0 with Billups, scoring more than 100 points in each victory (107.3 PPG).
Can the Clippers stay hot and cover this lofty spread? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The experts continue to stay sizzling on NBA Best Bets since Nov. 26, going a collective 32-16 ATS (67%) with StatFox Gary going 7-1 ATS. For NBA Totals, StatFox Scott is 33-13 (73%) on NBA Totals for the season, while Gary is a tremendous 12-1 in Totals since Nov. 24, and is 59% (19-13-1) on totals this season. For Best Bets, the experts are a collective 105-88-8 ATS (54.4%) this year. StatFox Gary leads the way at 67% ATS (18-9-2) Best Bets for the year, as he's currently on a 13-4 ATS (76%) run since Nov. 17. StatFox Scott's 10-4 ATS run puts him at 60% ATS (27-18) Best Bets for the season, while StatFox Brian's 7-4 ATS surge puts him at 53% ATS (27-24-3) for the year.
The Mavericks are 8-9 this season, which puts them fourth in the Southwest Division. A lone bright spot for Dallas this season is that O.J. Mayo has been lighting it up while this team prepares for the return of Dirk Nowitzki, who has been out indefinitely with an injured knee. Mayo has embraced his role as a starter for the Mavericks after being the sixth man in Memphis, averaging 20.2 PPG on 48% FG and 53% from three-point land. In the Mavericks win over Detroit last game, Mayo scored 27 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists.
Billups has chipped in 7.3 PPG in just 19.7 MPG while his team has gone undefeated with his presence. Chris Paul really enjoys having Billups on the team as a lot of pressure is taken off him as a ball handler when the veteran is on the court. Paul has only had to play 31.7 minutes per game since Billups came back (well below his career 36.9 MPG) and is getting some much-needed rest. In his last game against Utah, Blake Griffin had a coming out party. He shot 14-of-20 from the field on his way to a 30-point, 11-rebound performance. Griffin is shooting the ball very well from mid-range and should continue to play well with a majority of his time coming with two playmakers on the floor.