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2020 NBA Handicapping
(0-1) Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-1)
Date: Friday, December 25
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Mavericks +220 | Lakers -240
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks +6.0 | Lakers -6.0
NBA Betting Total: 227.5
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The evening match of Christmas Day finds the league’s best payer hosting the potential heir apparent as LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers welcome Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks.
Doncic’s sophomore campaign offered glimpses of a potential MVP and this early season match will provide insight into how close he is to supplanting James.
The Mavericks made smart moves to ensure they’ll have plenty of room this coming offseason to sign another star although it won’t be the player they initially envisioned (Antetokounmpo).
.How the Mavericks fare and the steps Doncic takes could play a major role in what happens this offseason. It might seem far too early to be making that statement but essentially this year will be an audition to lure free agents.
Two areas the Mavericks need to improve over last year are defense and clutch time performance. While they lost the opening game of the season they fought back to almost capture the win and did so missing key personnel.
Doncic led the way for Dallas with 32 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. The only mar on his night was his 3-point shooting (0 of 6).
Five other Mavericks scored in double-figures including Josh Richardson, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Jalen Brunson who each had 12 points as well as Dorian Finney-Smith (11) and Maxi Kleiber (10).
Los Angeles Lakers
Two factors stood out in the Lakers opening night loss to the Clippers. First, it should be noted they are the oldest team (based on average age) in the NBA..
Considering that point and the fact LA were back on the hardwood 72 days after winning the title and it makes sense why Frank Vogel isn’t going to overextend LeBron James or Anthony Davis’ minutes and risk their injury.
The second overwhelming factor was the double-edged sword of new acquisitions Dennis Schroder (14 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists) and Montrezl Harrell (17 points, 10 rebounds) who are a definite offensive upgrade.
However, they highlight a defensive step back which will be more predominant in the postseason. The Clippers targeted Harrell on defense scoring easily against him.
James registered 22 points, five rebounds and five assists while Davis chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a calf injury and is questionable.
NBA Betting Trends:
- DAL are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games
- Over is 8-3 in LAL last 11 Fri. games
- Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings
Free Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
Doncic always seems to play his best games under the bright lights especially against players he admires like James. But without Kristaps Porzingis in the lineup it could prove too difficult for the younster unless Richardson and Hardaway Jr. have big nights.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Bet the under
No team wants to start the season on a losing streak and while coach Vogel doesn’t want to extend his superstars’ minutes would he make an exception this early in the campaign? If not, the Mavericks could steal the victory.
Ultimately, I’m more confident suggesting the under.
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