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4 things to watch for as the Mavericks try to bounce back against the Clippers

Can Dallas get back to its winning ways?

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The loss to the Los Angeles Lakers was tough, but that doesn't mean the Dallas Mavericks can hang their heads. Tonight, L.A.'s other team comes to town. The Clippers, who lost the flair of Lob City after the last couple of season is seeing a resurgence. In fact, They are tops in the Western Conference with a record of 15-6. You might not know their names but the Clippers are a team that deserves your respect.

Guard play

Despite the Clippers' record, their guard play could be better, according to Lucas Hann, the editor of Clips Nation.

In fact, the combination of Avery Bradley and Patrick Beverley Are a nightmare when it comes to shooting. Neither is shooting better than 36 percent from the floor. Worse, Beverley is the best 3-point shooter of the two, making just 30 percent.

If Dallas is looking to double team anyone, look for them to slack off these two guards.

Tobias and Montrezl

The reason the Mavs will think about double teaming is because of Tobias Harris and Montrezl Harrell. L.A.'s frontcourt tandem is playing especially well.

Harris is dropping 21.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Meanwhile, Harrell is averaging 16.3 points and 7.2 rebounds.

They aren't the only players the Mavs need to be concerned with, though. Daniel Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Sweet Lou, Lou Williams are ready to get buckets.

Doc Rivers

I think it's finally time that the blog boy community finally acknowledges that Doc is a good coach. Too often, it feels like he gets marginalized I the talk of good coaching. But he has his team playing great basketball.

As Hann told me, the Clippers have played six teams this season that they were expected to beat. They have 15 wins, y'all. Doc has this team playing well.


Luka Doncic is coming off a poor performance and needs to rebound. He was visibly flustered against the Lakers after the first quarter of that game. He'll be looking to get back to his normal cocky, thicc boy play. And we all want that.

How to watch

You can catch the game at 6 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest or NBA League Pass