A return to Dallas should help the Mavs, as they are 12-1 at home but just 3-9 on the road.
They failed to improve their road record when they lost at Boston and Minnesota on their recent two-game trip.
“As long as a team plays up to its potential, I have no complaint about wins or losses,” Dallas coach Don Nelson said. “This was one of those games.”
Danny Fortson, who started at center, acknowledged what a draining week it is for the Mavs, who are playing their fourth game in six days.
“Everybody’s down on themselves,” Fortson said, “because this is a tough stretch for us.”
The Clippers had won four straight before falling to the Houston Rockets 99-85 on Friday. The streak was their longest since November 1995.
But they just could not keep it going against the Rockets, shooting just 36.4 percent from the field, including 29.4 percent from 3-point range.
Los Angeles shot better than 50 percent in its previous two games.
STANDINGS (through Dec. 18): Clippers - 5th place (tied), 7 GB, Pacific Division. Mavericks - 4th place, 1 GB, Midwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Clippers - Maggette, 20.5 ppg; Brand, 11.5 rpg; Jaric, 4.1 apg. Mavericks - Nowitzki, 19.2 ppg; Walker, 9.7 rpg; Nash, 7.5 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Clippers, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 10; Clippers, 100-99. At Los Angeles, Glen Rice, in his first game back after missing five with a bruised right knee, hit a jumper as time expired to give the Clippers the win. Maggette led Los Angeles with 30 points, and Michael Finley had a game-high 38 for Dallas.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Clippers - 2-7 on the road; Mavericks - 12-1 at home.