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James Harden of the LA Clippers guards Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks as he drives the ball past in the first half of a game at American Airlines Center. We're backing Doncic in our Mavericks vs. Clippers player props & odds.
James Harden of the LA Clippers guards Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks as he drives the ball past in the first half of a game at American Airlines Center. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images via AFP.

The Dallas Mavericks take on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of the first round in the NBA playoffs, and we're offering our top Mavericks vs. Clippers player props based on the best NBA odds.

According to our best sports betting sites, the surging Dallas Mavericks are 1.5-point favorites on the road against the star-studded Los Angeles Clippers at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

Led by the dynamic duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the fifth-seeded Mavericks aim to secure a Game 1 victory on the road against the third-seeded Clippers. With both teams boasting a lineup of future NBA Hall of Famers, anticipation is high for an intense matchup between these contenders in the NBA championship odds.

To complement our 2024 NBA playoffs betting preview, here are our best Mavericks vs. Clippers player props and NBA picks (odds via our best NBA betting sites; Pick confidence is based on a 1-to-5-star scale).

Mavericks vs. Clippers Game 1 player props

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Mavericks vs. Clippers prop bet predictions for Sunday

Luka Doncic Over 32.5 points ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Doncic scores points like he acquires absurd nicknames, especially ones no soul has ever uttered. About as many people call the Mavericks star "El Niño Maravilla" as people do Tom Brady "The Pharaoh."

But call him whatever you want, he put up an NBA-leading 33.9 points during the regular season, and that should carry over against the Clippers.

L.A. is 17th in defensive rating during 2023-24 (115.4), and the team allows the eighth-most points per game to point guards (25.45) and the eighth-most 3-pointers (3.36). Doncic is also playing some of the best basketball of his career, which has put him in the NBA MVP odds race after scoring 33-plus points in 41 of 70 games.

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With odds as short as -115, there's a 53.49% implied probability Doncic hits the Over, according to our odds calculator. But the -109 via Caesars leads to a $9.17 profit if he does score at least 33 points.

Best odds: -109 via Caesars

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Paul George Over 32.5 points + rebounds + assists ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Usually giving yourself a nickname backfires. And while it initially did for Paul George, we're backing "Playoff P" to live up to the hype he created for himself and embrace his alter ego against the Mavericks.

Like the NFL franchise the Mavericks share a city with, it's been a while since Dallas has won anything that matters. And while Jason Kidd's team is favored, its defense - which allows the 11th-most points in the NBA (115.6) - could be an issue against the plethora of All-Stars the Clippers deploy.

No player is in better shape to bring his best than Playoff P with the Mavericks allowing the seventh-most points (24.77), the seventh-most rebounds (10.69), and the sixth-most assists to power forwards (4.64). Even at 33, George averaged 31.3 points, rebounds, and assists during 2023-24.

The -104 odds from FanDuel imply a 50.98% probability he hits the Over with this prop paying out $19.62.

Best odds-104 via FanDuel

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James Harden Over 9.5 assists ⭐⭐⭐

This is a bit of a swing, and not just because the odds only imply a 46.73% probability James Harden hits the Over. You never know what version of Harden you're going to get heading into the playoffs, nor if he's logged a wink of sleep. Still, at 34 "The Beard" continues to dazzle as a playmaker.

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While he's a reformed free-throw merchant at this point in his career, Harden is still a capable passer and able to rack up assists. He led the Clippers with 8.5 per game during the regular season, and this Dallas defense allows the ninth-most assists per contest in the NBA (27.5) and the 10th-most to point guards (8.79).

A $10 bet brings in an $11.40 profit At these odds from DraftKings.

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Mavericks vs. Clippers Game 1 info & odds

  • When: Sunday, April 21
  • Tip-off: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • How to watch: ABC
  • Favorite: Mavericks -1.5 (-110 via bet365)

Mavericks-Clippers player props made Friday at 10:20 a.m. ET.

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