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Preview: Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks

Preview: Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Clippers forward Matt Barnes fights with Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter during a game March 11 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Larry W. Smith / EPA)

The Clippers are set to play the Mavericks in Dallas on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

They are coming off a 120-108 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, in which they were playing without Blake Griffin (right elbow) and Jamal Crawford (right calf bruise). Griffin and Crawford will be out Friday as well.

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Chris Paul has averaged 18.4 points and 12.4 assists in Griffin's absence, during which the Clippers have won nine of 14 games. J.J. Redick has averaged 18.5 points without Griffin, compared with 14.4 points previously.

The Clippers have won each of their games against Dallas so far this season -- a 115-98 victory on Feb. 9 and a 120-100 win on Jan. 10. If the Clippers win Friday, they will sweep their season series against the Mavericks for the first time in 21 years

The Clippers are in fifth place in the Western Conference with a record of 42-23, 1 1/2 games ahead of the seventh-place Mavericks (41-25).

The Clippers enter Friday's game having won two in a row. The Mavericks have lost five of their last seven games.

Follow Melissa Rohlin on Twitter @melissarohlin

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