Sky Sports activities’ stay protection of the NBA continues on Sunday night because the Dallas Mavericks head to Los Angeles for his or her collection decider in opposition to the Clippers.
This collection has been notable for the truth that in each event thus far, the highway group has received. That is the primary time in NBA historical past the place that has occurred.
Will the Mavericks hold the streak going tonight and prevail or will the Clippers see by way of their comeback from a 2-0 deficit earlier within the collection?
Each groups entered the playoffs with 21-15 highway information through the common season – tied for the fourth-best highway win proportion within the league – and matching level differentials (plus-4.3), which trailed solely Utah.
So can the Mavericks make it seven-for-seven and set a file that may by no means be overwhelmed? Or will the Clippers have the ability to defend their house courtroom within the winner-take-all sport?
No matter occurs, it is certain to be a cracker!
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4 issues to consider forward of the elimination sport:
- Kawhi Leonard was sensible in Recreation 6 as he completed with 45 factors on 18-25 capturing from the sector, 5-9 from 3-point vary and 4-4 from the free-throw line. In accordance with the Elias Sports activities Bureau, Leonard grew to become the fourth participant in playoff historical past to attain no less than 45 factors and 70% capturing or higher in an elimination sport, becoming a member of Wilt Chamberlain, Jamal Murray and LeBron James. Leonard is simply the eighth participant since 1984 to try this in any playoff video games – not to mention an elimination sport.
- Along with scoring 45 factors, Kawhi Leonard was additionally the first defender on Luka Doncic for a team-high 6:58 in Recreation 6, holding Doncic to seven factors on 3-4 capturing, with two assists and two turnovers. Whereas Doncic shot 75% in opposition to Leonard, the truth that Doncic solely tried 4 pictures in 46.5% of his offensive matchup time within the sport is essential. For the collection, Leonard has defended Doncic for 18:03 and allowed 22 factors on 9-24 capturing from the sector and 4-13 from 3-point vary.
- In Recreation 6, the Clippers outscored the Mavericks 31-20 within the fourth quarter as they turned a four-point deficit getting into the ultimate 12 minutes right into a seven-point win. This continued a pattern because the Clippers have received the fourth quarter in 5 straight video games within the collection and on common outscored the Mavericks by 4.8 factors within the last interval. Conversely, the Mavericks have received 5 of six first quarters, however by just one.3 factors on common.
- 4 of the six video games on this collection have featured clutch time, with the Mavericks successful three of these 4 video games. Tim Hardaway Jr. has been Dallas’ high clutch scorer with 13 factors on 4-7 capturing from the sector, 3-5 from 3-point vary and 2-2 from the free throw line in 12 clutch minutes. Kawhi Leonard shouldn’t be far behind with 11 clutch factors on 4-6 from the sector, 2-3 from three and 1-1 on the free throw line.