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Dallas Mavericks vs LA Lakers Prediction And Betting Odds

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Dallas Mavericks vs LA Lakers: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

The big news coming out of Dallas ahead of this game is the status of Luka Doncic who hasn’t played in the last 3 games for the Mavs. Luka is currently dealing with an ankle injury, he’s officially listed as questionable and we won’t know minutes until tip-off if he will play. How does that impact the betting strategy here? Well, the Mavericks are 3.5 point underdogs without their best player despite being 7 games over the .500 mark. They’ve already beaten the Lakers in both meetings this season, extending their solid run in the last 8 head-to-head meetings to 7-1 SU. It will be up to Kyrie Irving to carry the bulk of the scoring load here. He just had 42 points in the win over the Pelicans. Tim Hardaway Jr. also stepped up with 41, including 9 threes made. Dallas is an impressive 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games vs Western Conference opponents.

Optimism is back among the LA faithful following their 7-point win against the OKC Thunder which stopped a 2-game losing streak. As usual it was Anthony Davis and LeBron James who led the way with 27 and 25 points. AD also added 15 rebounds and 5 assists to his name, the Lakers are a tough match-up for anyone in the NBA when he has it going. The question is can they sustain this level of play in back-to-back games? The key for LA here is the fact that they’re playing at home where they’ve won 14 of 21 games this season. One key difference in those home games is the Lakers’ defense – their efficiency improves from 17th to 6th at Crypto.com Arena. They just held one of the most talented offenses in the league to just 105 points on Monday, so it’s pretty clear what their approach will be in tonight’s game.

LA Lakers Point Spread Prediction

LA Lakers -3.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds at time of publishing.

The 2 games played between these teams this season were decided by 3 and 2 points, that’s with Doncic playing in both of them. Without him, the Mavs are severely handicapped, so I’m going to have to side with the Lakers here. They are a reliable 16-9 SU when playing as the favorite this season, so let’s go with Lakers to cover.

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Mavericks vs Lakers Total Points Prediction: Under 241.5

Under 241.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds at time of publishing.

The oddsmakers are going for a very ambitious projected total of 241.5 points here, I’m not really sure the game will go into a high scoring direction. Doncic accounts for 33.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game, the Mavs will miss his production and playmaking against one of the better home defenses in the NBA. Only 205 points were scored in the first meeting of the season between the two teams played in this building. The projected total set here was surpassed just 1 time in the last 11 meetings, that includes even a couple of games going into overtime. Dallas has gone under the total in 4 of their last 6 and in 9 of their last 10 visits to LA. If the Lakers’ defensive intensity translates from the Thunder game to tonight’s game, they’ll be in good shape here. I’m backing the under in this one.

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CHA

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