The Clippers are very short-handed. In addition to playing without their superstar power forward, who is averaging 22.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game while shooting 50.1%, they've been without their starting shooting guard
The Thunder beat the Clippers, 131-108, on Sunday after outrebounding the Clippers, 54-29. The Clippers are 2-5 on the road trip, most recently having lost to the Thunder, Raptors, Cavaliers and Nets.
The losing streak has dropped the Clippers to sixth place in the Western Conference with a record of 33-19. The Mavericks (35-18) are in fifth place in the West, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Clippers.
The last time these teams met, the Clippers beat the Mavericks, 120-100. In that game, the Clippers outshot the Mavericks, 52% to 44%, as Griffin led his team with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Mavericks have won two games in a row, most recently beating the Kings and the Trail Blazers.