Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Tip-off: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – 10:30 PM ET
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
In addition to the Dallas Mavericks bringing some former Los Angeles Clippers into this NBA basketball game, they will also be seeing some familiar faces.
Los Angeles can stretch their victory streak to four this evening and hand Dallas a third straight road defeat.
The Mavericks (8-9) feature a pair of former Los Angeles players such as Elton Brand and Chris Kaman. While Brand has faced the Clippers (11-6) six times since leaving the team following the 2007-08 season, this will be Kaman’s first game away from home versus the team he spent his first eight seasons with before being traded to the New Orleans Hornets in the blockbuster deal that brought Chris Paul to the Clippers before last season.
The Mavs will see Lamar Odom for the first time since sending him to Los Angeles this offseason in a four-team trade. Odom averaged career lows of 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in a tumultuous 50-game stint for Dallas in the previous basketball season during which he had an argument with owner Mark Cuban in a 94-89 defeat versus the Memphis Grizzlies on April 7.
Dallas most likely feels better towards toward reserve forward Caron Butler, who is in his second season with the Clippers after signing as a free agent following an injury-plagued tenure with the Mavs. Butler earned a championship ring with the team in 2010-11.
Los Angeles trailed by as many as 14 points before rallying for Monday’s 105-104 win versus the Utah Jazz. Blake Griffin had 30 points and 11 rebounds and Jamal Crawford added 20 points off the bench.
Los Angeles scored 25 points off 17 turnovers. They lead the Western Conference in forcing 18.4 turnovers per game.
The Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has warned his team of that while also noting that Los Angeles is allowing an average of 26.1 free throw attempts for one of the league’s worst marks.
Dallas also fouls a lot, yielding a NBA-worst 27.9 free throws per game.
The Mavericks will also have to be wary of Paul, who is averaging 21.8 points against them in the regular season for his third-highest mark versus any rival.
According to the NBA live lines this will be the Mavs start of a three-game trip after ending a three-game slide with Saturday’s 92-77 win over the Detroit Pistons behind Mayo’s 27 points.