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Our expert hoops handicappers Stephen Rodriguez gives his best picks for today's game

The Boston Celtics made a statement on Monday night after handling the Los Angeles Lakers by 32 points guided by three different 20-point scorers.

On Tuesday, only one matchup is on the schedule as the Los Angeles Clippers travel to Dallas and take on the Mavericks.

Here’s a look at today’s NBA game:


Los Angeles Clippers @ Dallas Mavericks (-1.5), 3:00 PM:

· The Mavericks are 5-3 ATS at home when coming off three days’ rest since 2011-12.

· Los Angeles is 3-5 as an underdog this season. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The big news for the Mavericks on Tuesday night will be the likely return of Kristaps Porzingis from a 10-game absence with right knee soreness.

Prior to injury, Porzingis averaged 17.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg and ranked fifth best in the NBA with 2.13 blkpg.

Dallas (27-15) won a fourth straight game by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 120-112.

Luka Doncic went off for 35 points on 11-of-23 shooting, including 8-of-12 from three-point range with eight rebounds and seven assists. Doncic ranks third in the NBA averaging 28.9 ppg. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

The Mavericks have been dynamic on offense this season, ranking third best in basketball averaging 116.7 ppg.

The Los Angeles Clippers (30-13) won a third game in a row after edging out the New Orleans Pelicans 133-130.

Los Angeles outscored New Orleans by 11 points in the fourth quarter behind a huge game from Kawhi Leonard.

Leonard had a game-high 39 points on 15-of-28 shooting with six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Lou Williams came up big off the bench as usual, totaling 32 points including making 14-of-15 from the free-throw line. Montrezl Harrell also had a nice game off the bench and added 24 points.

The Clippers sit right behind the Mavericks with the fourth best offense in the NBA, averaging 116.2 ppg.

These teams met in late November and LA rolled over Dallas in that matchup by 15 points large in part to the efforts of Paul George, who scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter.

Luckily for Dallas, George will miss his sixth straight game and that’ll surely benefit the Mavericks.

Without George, Los Angeles looked sketchy on the road this past Saturday when trailing against the Pelicans by as many as 14 points in the second half before rallying back.

The Clippers draw cause for concern when on the road with an 11-9 record and the same level of doubt should exist for Tuesday night.

Dallas has the seventh best ATS record this season (22-18-2) and are 21-10 overall as a favorite.

Those records along with Porzingis making his return, and Doncic playing at the level he’s playing, it’s hard for me to bet against the home favorites Dallas.

Take the Mavericks to cover the one possession spread (-1.5) in a tight game.

2u - Dallas Mavericks (-1.5) @ -110


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