The Dallas Mavericks head back to Los Angeles for Game 7 of their first-round series against the LA Clippers on Sunday afternoon. The home team has still yet to win a game. The Mavs lost Game 6, but Luka Doncic will be looking to finish off the upset and get Dallas into the second round for the first time since winning the championship in 2011.
Game 7’s are historically unpredictable. The Mavericks are 4-2 all-time in the deciding contests. LA has lost five of their eight Game 7’s in franchise history. The road team is 7-7 in the last 14, dating back to 2016, including the bubble which was played on a neutral site in Orlando.
Anything can and might happen on Sunday afternoon. What must the Mavs do to come out victorious on June 6? Here is a closer look.
What Dallas Mavericks must make happen to defeat the Clippers in Game 7
The Clippers won just four of their nine afternoon games this season. That mark was inflated by wins over the Bulls and Thunder. LA had just two victories in six tries against playoffs in afternoon tips. Dallas has beaten the Clippers twice in afternoon tipoffs at the Staples Center this season, including a 51-point blowout during the regular season. Expect Kawhi Leonard and LA to be at the top of their games, though.
Fans should be ready for a wild and entertaining contest on June 6. Here are five things that must happen for the Dallas Mavericks to defeat the Clippers and advance to the second round.
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