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NBA Playoff Betting: Dallas Hosts LA

The Dallas Mavericks hold a 2-0 series lead heading home tonight for Game 3 of their second round playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Mavericks were a 6-point road underdog in Game 2 but upset the Lakers 93-81. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 24 points, while Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for Los Angeles.

View LA Lakers vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Mavericks as 2-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 186.5, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Mavericks sit at No. 6 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Lakers are at No. 2 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Lakers will win this game 104-103.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Lakers rank No. 3 in the league with 44 per game. That compares with Dallas’s No. 14 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Dallas is the NBA’s No. 8-ranked team at 7.9 per game, while the Lakers rate No. 12 with 6.4 per contest.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Lakers own the league's No. 5-rated mark, allowing 95.8 points per game when on the road. Dallas, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in home scoring.

Dallas was a 93-81 winner in its last match on the road against the Lakers. They covered the 7–point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 174 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points leading the Mavericks to a 93-81 victory over Los Angeles at STAPLES Center on Wednesday.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 7-3
After playing Dallas are 8-2
After a loss are 5-5

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing LA Lakers are 6-4
After playing LA Lakers are 7-3
After a win are 8-2


A few Lakers at Mavericks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 9 games on the road
LA Lakers are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games on the road
LA Lakers are 10-5 SU in their last 15 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing Dallas
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Dallas is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
Dallas is 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 6 games when playing LA Lakers

Next up:
LA Lakers at Dallas, Sunday, May 8
Dallas home to LA Lakers, Sunday, May 8

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