The retooled Mavericks come into Staples to take on the Clippers Wednesday night.
The Mavericks are 8-9 coming off their Monday night win over Detroit and will be missing Dirk Nowitski (recovering from knee surgery) and Chris Kaman (strained right calf). Shawn Marion, Darren Collison, and Rodrigue Beaubois are also nursing injuries, but should be available to play.
The Clippers are coming off a big win in Utah to snap the Jazz’ unbeaten home streak and will be bringing the league’s most productive bench unit to compliment their starters. Jamal Crawford leads the team in scoring with 20ppg.
On paper, this matchup looks to be lopsided, but the Mavericks will probably be fired up and hungry to beat the Clippers and upstage former member Lamar Odom, whose disastrous season in Dallas last year still leaves a bitter taste in of their fans’ mouths. Odom has been a solid addition in Los Angeles, which will only make the Mavs play harder. Derrick Fisher has recently joined the Mavericks and is always dangerous with his vast experience over 16 years (12-plus with the Lakers, where he was a member of five championship teams).
In the end, the Clippers talent should prevail, even factoring in their tendency to play down to inferior rosters, so we’ll call it a generous 110-94 for the home team.