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Clippers Vs. Mavericks: NBA Playoff Preview?

After sweeping a five-game homestand, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers hit the road Monday night to face Dirk Nowitzki and the defending champion Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Here are the relevant details of Monday night's contest:

Records: Clippers (31-21), Mavericks (30-23)

Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas

Time: 5:30 p.m. PDT

TV: Fox Sports West

Playoff Preview?: As it stands right now, the Clippers hold the fourth seed in the Western Conference with the Mavericks at No. 5, meaning the two teams would face one another in the first round of the playoffs were the season to end today. The Clippers are a game and a half behind the Lakers in the Pacific Division, while the Mavericks are angling for that No. 4 seed and home court advantage in the first round.

Going Streaking: The Clippers have won five straight games, their longest winning streak since November 2006.

Series History: The two teams have split two games this season, with the home team winning each time. The Clippers have lost 10 straight games in Dallas, with their last win coming April 19, 2006.

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