Clippers-Mavericks: X-factors, key matchups, and a prediction

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LA Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks: Prediction

Last season was obviously a totally different circumstance, but I see similar results for this series. I think the Clippers are the better, more experienced team. They do have a guy in Paul George who has had some not-so-great moments in the postseason but at the end of the day, he’s such an incredible talent, you can’t skip his name on the scouting report.

They have one of the best playoff performers in Leonard, both healthy.

The Mavericks are always going to have a chance because of their style of play, and frankly because Luka Doncic is a wizard with the ball in his hands. But I don’t think they have enough talent and rely too much on Luka to win them games.

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For those reasons, I’m predicting the Clippers to edge them out in six games. Although the Clippers will win this series I do expect the Mavericks to make it very interesting. I think there will be a lot of pushing and shoving, some taunting, some technical fouls, and some overall amazing hoops.

Prediction: Clippers in 6