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2021 NBA Handicapping
(15-13) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks (14-13)
Date: Wednesday, December 15th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: Lakers | Mavericks (Bet Now!) Moneyline is off as of posting
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -2
NBA Betting Total: 217
Wednesday, December 15th, finds the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Dallas Mavericks for the first time this season. The clubs will play an additional two times with one more meeting in Dallas on March 29th and a single game in LA on March 1st.
The Lakers have been off since Sunday when they played the Magic in a 106-94 winning effort while the Mavericks played Monday in a 120-96 beatdown of the Hornets on Monday.
Last season, the squads played three times with the Mavericks winning two of the three contests. The Lakers hold the all-time record having bested the Mavericks in 114 of their 164 matches.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are on a roll if you count beating lower-tier teams as something of note. They’ve won five of seven matches but only the Celtics are considered a team in the middle tier while the other four wins came versus the Pistons, Kings, Thunder, and Magic.
You can only play who is in front of you though so getting the wins are important now as the Lakers scheduled is only going to get tougher as they’ve had the second easiest strength of schedule.
In the victory versus the Magic, Anthony Davis was out nursing a sore knee but LeBron James led his squad posting a triple-double of 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists plus three blocks.
Russell Westbrook and Talen Horton-Tucker each scored 19 points while Carmelo Anthony chipped in 13 points as the only other double-figure contributor.
LA fell behind early but held Orlando to a measly 10 points versus 36 scored in the third frame to seize control.
Horton-Tucker won’t play versus Dallas as he is among the many NBA players who entered quarantine this week. Davis (knee) is questionable while Trevor Ariza (ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (knee)
If you didn’t catch the game against the Hornets but saw the score you’d assume Luka Doncic went ballistic but he didn’t play in the match. Instead, it was Kristaps Porzingis who took over for the Mavericks.
Porzingis delivered a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds plus collected five blocks. Trey Burke delivered a season-high 22 points adding six assists, three rebounds, and a steal.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 joining Burke as the top producers off the Mavericks bench. Jalen Brunson offered a complete game with 13 points, eight assists, two rebounds, and a steal. Dorian Finney-Smith was the other double-figure contributor with 15 points.
Overall the Mavericks were hot from the perimeter nailing 19 of 41 triples (46.3%) marking their best mark this season for a team that typically struggles (33.1%) with the 24th ranked 3-point shooting squad.
Doncic is listed as out indefinitely while he tries to get that ankle right. Sterling Brown (foot) is questionable while Willie Cauley-Stein was downgraded to out on Wednesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
- The Lakers are 6-4 in the last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head matchups
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’ last 5 games at home.
- The Lakers are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Dallas’ last 7 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers’ last 6 games.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
Without Doncic the Lakers (and LeBron) should be able to beat the Mavericks but they’ve yet to show the same ability against better clubs. LA performs at 45 percent ATS on the road while the Mavericks convert only 30.7 percent of the time ATS at home.
Unless Doncic suits up I like the Lakers to finally take down a +.500 squad.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Lakers +2
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