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The Clippers host the Mavericks in a playoff rematch

Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Six Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Game information

Where: Staples Center

When: Sunday, Dec. 27, 12:30 p.m. PT

How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, NBA TV, AM 570 LA Sports

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Luke Kennard, Paul George, Nicolas Batum, Serge Ibaka

Mavericks: Josh Richardson, Tim Hardaway Jr., Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell

Injuries/absences

Clippers: Kawhi Leonard (mouth laceration), Marcus Morris Sr. (sore right knee), Jay Scrubb (foot surgery) — OUT

Mavericks: Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — OUT

Odds

Clippers -5

O/U: 228.5


The Clippers are getting last season’s playoff opponents out of the way, as they’ll have their home-opener this afternoon against the Dallas Mavericks. Last season, both of these teams met in the first round of the playoffs. Dallas gave LA a good fight, but ultimately the Clippers took care of business in six games.

Entering play, the Clippers sit at 2-0 on the season and are one of four teams in the Western Conference who have won their first two games. On the other side, Dallas is one of four teams in the West who have begun the season 0-2.

The Clippers are coming off an impressive Christmas Day victory on the road at Denver. All around, it was a fantastic day from LA’s starting unit. For the second straight game, Paul George led the Clippers in scoring, adding 23 while adding five from deep. Before leaving the game with an injury, Kawhi Leonard had 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. Serge Ibaka added 15 points in only 21 minutes of action, and Nicolas Batum scored 13 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.

Dallas is coming off an embarrassing Christmas Day loss to the Lakers in which they allowed 138 points. Luka Doncic scored 27 points and did his thing, but the Mavericks didn’t get much production anywhere else. Though it’s been only two games, the most points a player on Dallas not named Doncic has scored has been 17. If Dallas is going to have any chance against the Clippers today, they’re going to need some scoring to come from somewhere.