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2021 NBA Handicapping
(35-23) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks (31-26)
Date: Thursday, April 22nd
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Mavericks -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 216.5
On Thursday, April 22nd, the Los Angeles Lakers meet the Dallas Mavericks for the second time this season. The first match was the Christmas Day game that the Lakers won 138-115.
The teams will play consecutive games this week with this match and again on Saturday also at American Airlines Center.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Lakers taking three of the four contests. The Lakers hold the all-time record having won 114 matches of the 162 played.
Los Angeles Lakers
These two games versus the Mavericks could decide whether the Lakers can stay away from the play-in tournament. They have been able to navigate the schedule without their stars to this point getting lucky in some matches and using their stellar defense in others to muscle out victories.
They won seven matches out of their last 13 with the most recent a loss to the Jazz on Monday. Anthony Davis was gearing up for a return and the hot topic in the news is this game is when he’ll be back on the court.
Throughout the time without Davis and LeBron James players who’ve needed to step up have. The offseason addition of Dennis Schroder, Marc Gasol, and Montrezl Harrell has paid off with the trio carrying much of the load.
Andre Drummond is finding his footing (no pun intended – given his toe injury) and is fitting in with his new teammates. Although there is a concern as the Lakers haven’t been as strong defensively with Drummond on the floor although their offense has experienced an uptick.
While Drummond played great in the first game (27 points, eight rebounds) against the Jazz, with Rudy Gobert back in the second match it was a different story as he shot 3 of 12 for eight points with eight boards.
Talen Horton-Tucker led with 24 points while Kyle Kuzma (17), Schroder (15), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (15) were the other double-figure scorers.
LeBron remains out, Davis is probable and Jared Dudley (knee) is out indefinitely.
With Portland reeling and without Damian Lillard the Mavericks wasted opportunities to climb up the ladder.
They can’t afford to mess around anymore as the two games with the Lakers could shift the seeding for many teams on the Western Conference ladder.
Dallas is a half-game back of Portland for the sixth seed following their win versus the Pistons and the Blazers’ loss to Denver. The Mavericks trail the Lakers by four games so two victories could be massive in the grand scheme of things.
Particularly because after these two matches versus LA the Mavs’ final 13 games feature only three currently seeded playoff clubs.
Luka Doncic was dialed in against Detroit missing out on a triple-double by one assist with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.
Jalen Brunson continues to shine for Dallas as he registered 20 points and five dimes. Kristaps Porzingis added 19 while Tim Hardaway Jr. (15), Josh Richardson (12), and Dorian Finney-Smith (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
Tyrell Terry (personal) remains out with no timetable for return.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 9-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Lakers are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks NBA Prediction:
The Lakers have the rest advantage but Doncic gets up for these big games and Porzingis also enjoys the extra spotlight. Davis returning will give LA a boost — the question is will it be enough?
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