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(2-5) Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (2-5)
Date: Wednesday, November 1
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 235
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The Lakers need a serious momentum and moral boost. LeBron has already shown signs of impatience with his young-and-old roster, and Vegas is taking their motivation to win into account with a six-and-a-half-point advantage over a Macs team with an identical record.
Dallas has been an exciting group to watch early in the year. Dennis Smith Jr. has shown small improvements in his sophomore season, DeAndre Jordan has been surprisingly effective in his age-30 season (especially from the…wait for it…free-throw line), and Luka Doncic has been everything he was supposed to be in his rookie campaign.
The catch, of course, is that this team is still just 2-5 at this point in the process.
Entering Wednesday’s game, the Mavericks are just 23rd in offensive efficiency. They are scoring just 103.8 points per 100 possessions.
Defensively, this group drops down to 26th. On average, the Mavs are giving up 112.2 points per 100 possessions.
Against the Lakers, Dallas must control the pace. The Lakers want to get out an run, while the Mavs find a far more balanced attack between getting out in transition and running half-court sets.
The Lakers, of course, aren’t opposed to slowing it down, considering LeBron James isn’t going to exert too much energy in early-season games. But their first option is cheap buckets. Take those away and you take them out of their element—at least as much as you can with any team letting LeBron run the show.
Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles can’t be worried about containing Doncic. It’s going to be a task, sure. But as good as he is, he’s not the kind of player who is winning games on his own or making his teammates good enough to get the Macs into early-season fringe-playoff discussions.
At this point, LA needs to focus on evenly distributing its defensive efforts, but also putting together a clean offensive game.
Talent-wise, there’s no reason Los Angeles shouldn’t win this game. But L.A. has put together some sloppy performances and have been badly out-hustled and out-physicaled early in the year.
If the Lakers squeeze the orange and avoid turnovers, all while getting those cheap buckets we talked about earlier, there’s a good chance they can not only win straight up but come away with a win ATS as well.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-3 in DAL last 12 overall.
- Over is 6-2 in DAL last 8 vs. NBA Pacific.
- Over is 5-1-2 in LAL last 8 overall.
- Over is 5-1-2 in LAL last 8 vs. Western Conference.
- Over is 10-4-1 in LAL last 15 Wed. games.
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
The Mavs may end up entering that fringe-playoff discussion by the end of the year, but they’re going to need more balanced offensive production from all players not named Luka Doncic to make it happen.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers ATS
For now, LeBron needs a win. And when LeBron needs a win, he has a tendency to get a win.
Give this to the Lakers, SU and ATS.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers 120 – Dallas Mavericks 110
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