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NBA Basketball Picks: Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers: December 5th 2012

NBA Basketball Picks: December 5th 2012
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Prediction: Dallas Mavericks +8.5
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Dallas (8-9 SU, 7-10 ATS) is coming off a 92-77 win over Detroit on Dec. 1, while the LA Clippers (11-6 SU, 9-8 ATS) is coming off a 105-104 win over Utah on the road laying 2 on Dec. 3. The Mavs visit the Staples Center on Wednesday at 10:30pm to play the Clippers.

ODDS: The oddsmakers have installed the Clippers as a 8.5-point favorite over the Mavericks. The total is 198.5 in most books.

LINE MOVEMENT: The Clippers opened as a 9-point favorite and moved to 8.5 in most books. The total started at 199 and moved to 198.5 in most books.

NBA FREE PICK: Take Dallas According to latest NBA Trends, Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles, 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings, 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games following a SU win of more than 10 points. L.A. Clippers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.

Dallas may not have Dirk Nowitzki (knee), but they do feature a pair of former Clippers big men in Elton Brand and Chris Kaman. This will be Kaman’s first road game against the team he spent his first eight seasons with before being traded to New Orleans in the blockbuster deal that brought Chris Paul to the Clippers before last season. O.J. Mayo has really taken over for Nowitzki, averaging 20.2 points. Expect the Mavs to keep this one close as the Clippers have been an erratic team. They won three straight games going into the Mavs matchup, but that’s after losing four straight.

WEDNESDAY FREE PICK:
Dallas +8.5 ov LA Clippers