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Rebounds key in Lakers vs Mavs

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks will get a visit from the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday in an NBA betting matchup down in Texas.

The Mavericks were beaten 73-70 at the Staples Center by the Lakers in the first meeting of the season between the Western Conference teams in January. But overall, Dallas has covered 5 in a row against Kobe Bryant and company.

Rebounds could be a big part of picking an ATS winner. The Lakers are the NBA's best road rebounding team while the Mavs are dead last in home rebounding.

Los Angeles had been listed as a 4-point favorite.The Mavericks currently sports a record of 21-12, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 20-13 ATS. The Lakers are 19-13 and 15-17 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Mavericks post a 13-20 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Lakers have gone 14-18 against the number.

View LA Lakers vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Mavericks were listed as 4.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, such as TopBet with the total listed at 179.5 over at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Mavericks, currently No. 2 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Lakers, who rate No. 5 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 96-95 victory for the Mavericks.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Lakers rank No. 1 in the league with 45.7 per game. That compares with Dallas’s No. 7 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Dallas is the NBA’s No. 7-ranked team at 7.1 per game, while the Lakers rate No. 24 with 5 per contest.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Lakers own the league's No. 17-rated mark, allowing 96.2 points per game when on the road. Dallas, on the other hand, rates No. 16 in home scoring.

Los Angeles won its last outing, a 103-92 result against the Trail Blazers on February 20. The Lakers covered in that game as a 4-point favorite, while the 195 combined points took the game OVER the total. Kobe Bryant scored 28 points for Los Angeles on Monday, leading the Lakers to a 103-92 victory over Portland at STAPLES Center.

The Mavericks were an 89-73 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Celtics. They covered the 9.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (162) made winners of UNDER bettors. Dallas got 26 points and 16 rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki en route to an 89-73 victory over Boston on Monday at American Airlines Center.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After playing Portland are 9-1
After a win are 4-6

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing New Jersey are 6-4
After playing Boston are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

 

A few Lakers at Mavericks trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games at home
Dallas is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games

Next up:
LA Lakers at Oklahoma City, Thursday, February 23
Dallas home to New Jersey, Tuesday, February 28

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