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The Dallas Mavericks have the high ground as they prepare to host the LA Clippers in Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs first-round series.

Dallas lead the series 3-2 after a nail-biting victory in Game 5. The Mavericks claimed dominance over the Clippers since the beginning of the series, winning the first two games in a subliminal fashion.

The Clipper managed to make a swift comeback to level the series but failed to make the most of the home advantage in the last game, letting Dallas regain control.

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It is evident that the postseason was full of struggles for the LA Clippers who failed to capitalise on the major contributions of Paul George and Kahwi Leonard.

Apart from them, none of the other teammates has come up with game-changing performances to put enough points on the board.

For instance, Rajon Rondo missed the mark in Game 5, ending up with 0 of 6 from the field. Moreover, Rondo made just one free throw in 21 minutes. Talk about not stepping up on the big occasions..

When is Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks?

LA Clippers will play against the Mavericks on June 4 tonight at 9:00 PM ET; (Saturday, June 5th, 6:30 AM IST) in the thrilling first-round series of the playoffs.

Where will Los Angeles Clippers vs Dallas Mavericks take place?

Dallas’ American Airline Centre will have the honours to host Game 6 between two juggernauts of the NBA.

How can I watch NBA Playoffs?

NBA fans can catch the live broadcast of the Dallas Mavericks vs. LA Clippers game on TNT, Bally Sports South-West Dallas, and Bally Sports Southern California.

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People can also binge the game’s live stream on Spectrum Sportsnet and NBA League Pass.

Mavericks Probable Line-up

  • Point Guard – Luka Doncic
  • Shooting Guard – Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • Small Forward – Dorian Finney-Smith
  • Power Forward – Kristaps Porzingis
  • Center – Maxi Kleber

Clippers Probable Line-up

  • Point Guard – Reggie Jackson
  • Shooting Guard – Paul George
  • Small Forward – Kawhi Leonard
  • Power Forward – Marcus Morris
  • Center – Nicolas Batum

Best probable performer

Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic, who has been the backbone of the Mavericks is likely to be the standout performer for the side in the Clippers clash. What makes his display pleasing is the fact that he outperformed others despite nursing a neck injury in his last three games.

Dallas might not have clinched the narrow win in Game 5 if it was not for his brilliance, scoring 42 points and 14 assists with a .459 field goal percentage.

Prediction

Dallas Mavericks are likely to capitalize on the series lead and get another win with momentum on their side in front of the home crowd. As for the Clippers, the only way they can turn it around is if Paul Geroge and Leonard continue to deliver the goods and be at their best.

Leonard needs to come up with his A-game, whereas other players need to contain the red-hot Doncic before things go from bad to worse for them in Game 6.

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Shayan is a Pakistan-based sports blogger with over three years of experience in journalism and sub-editing of sports-related pieces.

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