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2020 NBA Playoffs: Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 6 preview and game thread

Can the Clippers clinch the series?

Dallas Mavericks v LA Clippers - Game Five Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images

The LA Clippers hold a 3-2 lead in their 2020 NBA Playoffs series against the Dallas Mavericks, which means they have the ability to clinch the series win and advance with a victory Sunday afternoon in Game 6.

The Clippers last played Tuesday, although given what’s happened in the meantime it feels like a lot longer ago, beating Dallas 154-111 to capture the pivotal Game 5. Now that it’s Game 6, they’ll aim to not get caught out again and finally get past a Mavericks side that has been an incredibly pesky matchup so far for LA.


Game Information

Where: AdventHealth Arena, Orlando, Florida

When: Sunday, Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m. PT

How to watch: ESPN, Fox Sports Prime Ticket

Projected Starting Lineups

Clippers: Landry Shamet, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Marcus Morris Sr., Ivica Zubac

Mavericks: Luka Doncic, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber

Injuries/Absences

Clippers: Patrick Beverley (left calf) — QUESTIONABLE

Mavericks: Courtney Lee (left calf), Dwight Powell (right achilles), Kristaps Porzingis (knee) — OUT


It’s possible Patrick Beverley will play in this game and depending on how the game goes, he could play some real minutes if LA needs him. Having said that, calf injuries can often linger for a long time, so if the Clips can take care of business largely without him, a little more time to get him some rest could help in his recovery for the second round should they advance.

It’s been a whirlwind week, from the Game 4 buzzer-beater loss, to Game 5’s commanding win, to the players strike that postponed this game a few days, reports the Clippers were prepared to strike the rest of the season before coming around and agreeing to play and go for a title. Nerves may be more frayed than normal due to external factors, but hopefully the Clippers can find some solace on the court and get the job done in Game 6 to move on.