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¡¡¡¡Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Mavericks guard Luka Doncic. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

¡¡¡¡Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Mavericks guard Luka Doncic. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

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¡¡¡¡What channel is Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 7 and when will the action take place?

¡¡¡¡The momentum swings between the Clippers and Mavericks have been intense and entertaining. On Sunday, one team will have to take control of the series once and for all.

¡¡¡¡Los Angeles and Dallas have one game left to decide who advances to face the Jazz in the next round.

¡¡¡¡Will Kawhi Leonard come through in the clutch? Or will Luka Doncic power his team to an upset? It¡¯s nearly time to find out.

¡¡¡¡Here is what you need to know to watch as the Clippers and Mavericks settle the series:

¡¡¡¡Date: Sunday, June 6

¡¡¡¡Time: 3:30 p.m. ET, 2:30 p.m. CT, 12:30 p.m. PT

¡¡¡¡Location: Los Angeles, CA

¡¡¡¡Venue: Staples Center

¡¡¡¡TV Info: ABC

¡¡¡¡Live Stream: Watch ESPN, fuboTV

¡¡¡¡Normally, the Clippers would have a clear advantage playing at Staples Center. However, the home team has yet to win in the series.

¡¡¡¡Advantage Mavericks? There might be. Dallas has looked much more comfortable shooting in Los Angeles than the Clippers. They¡¯ve hit 49.8 percent of their attempts from the field and 46.2 percent of their three-pointers on the road. LA is shooting 46.4 and 34.2 percent in those categories at home.

¡¡¡¡It¡¯ll all come down to the stars and their co-stars. Leonard has been at his best when under pressure on the road. He¡¯ll need to show the same urgency and determination to win on his home court. Playoff Paul George still needs to prove his postseason chops.

¡¡¡¡More than anything, all the Clippers need to lock in on defense.

¡¡¡¡Doncic has taken advantage of every defensive lapse to dominate the series so far. He¡¯s averaging 34 points per game despite playing through a neck problem. It would go a long way if Kristaps Porzingis decided to assert himself. He¡¯s averaging just 12.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.

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¡¡¡¡Trevor Jennewine

¡¡¡¡Trevor Jennewine

¡¡¡¡(TMFphoenix12)

¡¡¡¡Jun 6, 2021 at 8:44AM

¡¡¡¡Author Bio

¡¡¡¡Trevor primarily covers tech and financials, with a particular interest in artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other innovative technologies. He grew up in Ohio and later moved to the Pacific coast. In his free time, Trevor enjoys reading, traveling, stargazing, health, and fitness.

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¡¡¡¡Users of the online forum Reddit have made waves on Wall Street this year, drawing attention to the collective power of individual investors in the process. The social platform helped spark a few short-squeezes earlier in 2021, and it helped fuel cryptocurrency Dogecoin’s tremendous gains these past few months as well.

¡¡¡¡Recently, the stocks for GameStop (NYSE:GME) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) have had Reddit buzzing. Given the online community’s track record, it’s worth taking a closer look at both of these stocks and why they are getting so much attention. Here’s what investors should know.

¡¡¡¡GameStop is a video game-focused retailer that operates 4,816 stores?across North America, Europe, and Australia.

¡¡¡¡Woman interacting with social media network on her smartphone.

¡¡¡¡Image source: Getty Images.

¡¡¡¡Given its heavy dependence on brick-and-mortar-store-based sales, the pandemic was a significant headwind last year. Even as e-commerce sales soared 175% in the fiscal year 2020, total revenue plunged 21%, gross margin dropped 480 basis points, and the company posted a net loss of $215 million. In fact, GameStop hasn’t been profitable on a GAAP basis since fiscal 2017.

¡¡¡¡To stabilize its business, the company announced a multi-year transformation plan?in 2019. Since then, GameStop has closed 1,014 stores and doubled down on its digital-first business model. To be fair, e-commerce sales improved significantly in 2020, hitting 34% of total sales, up from 12% in the prior year. But GameStop’s efforts still appear to be too little, too late.

¡¡¡¡Back in 2009, 20% of video games were sold digitally, while 80% were sold as physical discs. By 2018, those numbers had flipped, with digital sales hitting 83%?of the total. From that perspective, GameStop is significantly behind the curve and its business appears to be stuck in the past.

¡¡¡¡Moreover, popular gaming platform creators like Microsoft?and Sony?have launched successful cloud gaming services that reduce consumers’ need for GameStop and those services are helping both companies operate at orders of magnitude more profitability than GameStop.

¡¡¡¡Not surprisingly, GameStop’s financial performance has deteriorated in recent years.

¡¡¡¡GameStop Metric

¡¡¡¡2017

¡¡¡¡2020

¡¡¡¡CAGR

¡¡¡¡Revenue

¡¡¡¡$8.5 billion

¡¡¡¡$5.1 billion

¡¡¡¡(16%)

¡¡¡¡Free cash flow

¡¡¡¡$321.5 million

¡¡¡¡$63.7 million

¡¡¡¡(42%)

¡¡¡¡Source: GameStop SEC filings. CAGR=compound annual growth rate.

¡¡¡¡Looking ahead, GameStop’s future is uncertain at best. That’s the main reason why I wouldn’t put my investment dollars anywhere near this stock.

¡¡¡¡Tesla is the leading manufacturer of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide. Despite headwinds created by the pandemic, the company delivered a strong performance last year.

¡¡¡¡Tesla delivered 499,550 vehicles in 2020, a more than fourfold increase over the 112,000 deliveries in 2019. That helped Tesla capture 16% of the EV market, while second place Volkswagen came in at 13% market share.

¡¡¡¡Blue Tesla Model 3 zooming down a scenic road.

¡¡¡¡Image source: Tesla.

¡¡¡¡Last year, Tesla ramped up Model Y production at the Fremont, California, factory in the U.S., and in China, it launched the Model Y and boosted Model 3 output to 5,000?cars per week. Notably, Tesla’s focus on manufacturing efficiency continued to pay off, as the company achieved an industry-leading operating margin of 6.3%?in 2020.

¡¡¡¡Moreover, management believes this advantage is sustainable, citing efforts to further expand capacity and localize production as key drivers of efficiency. To that end, Tesla will start making the Model Y at two new facilities in 2021: Gigafactory Berlin in Germany and Gigafactory Texas (near Austin) in the U.S.

¡¡¡¡In the first quarter of 2021, Tesla continued to impress. The company achieved record-breaking production?and deliveries even without making a single Model S or X. At the same time, operating margin improved 100 basis points over last year, reaching 5.7%. And Tesla retained its market-leading position, still with 16% market share.

¡¡¡¡In general, Tesla’s top line has benefited from strong demand. But the company’s bottom line is also improving, driven by its scalable approach to manufacturing.

¡¡¡¡Metric

¡¡¡¡2017

¡¡¡¡Q1 2021 (TTM)

¡¡¡¡CAGR

¡¡¡¡Revenue

¡¡¡¡$11.8 billion

¡¡¡¡$35.9 billion

¡¡¡¡41%

¡¡¡¡Free cash flow

¡¡¡¡($3.5 billion)

¡¡¡¡$2.4 billion

¡¡¡¡N/A

¡¡¡¡Source: Tesla SEC filings. CAGR=compound annual growth rate.

¡¡¡¡Several catalysts should keep Tesla’s business on an upward trajectory. In the near term, the company plans to start deliveries of the redesigned Model S?– the car that boasts an industry-leading range?of 402 miles. The return of this high-end model could help boost the average selling price, which fell 13% in Q1.

¡¡¡¡Likewise, the Model 3 recently became the best-selling premium sedan in the world, surpassing the BMW 3 Series and Daimler’s Mercedes E Class. Tesla foresees similar success with the Model Y — in fact, the company believes it will become the “best-selling vehicle of any kind globally.”

¡¡¡¡Here’s the bottom line: Despite a truly outrageous valuation of 622 times earnings, there’s a lot to like about Tesla stock. While I definitely wouldn’t buy the stock in bulk at the current price, I think it’s OK to pick up a few shares here.

¡¡¡¡This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the ¡°official¡± recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We¡¯re motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.

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