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Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The Lakers will try to cover the spread at STAPLES Center on Sunday when they get a visit from the Mavericks in basketball action.
The Lakers sport records of 38-22 and 24-36 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Mavericks sit at 34-26 and 30-30 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 32-28 for the Lakers and 29-31 for the Mavericks.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Lakers, currently No. 5 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Mavericks, who rate No. 9 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-96 victory for the Lakers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 16-ranked offense (96.9 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 8 at 93.7 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 45.8% from the field per game, more than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (44.2% on average).
Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 95.2 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.
The Mavericks were a 97-94 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (191) made winners of UNDER bettors. Dallas earned a 97-94 victory over Portland on Friday, getting 24 points from Dirk Nowitzki at Rose Garden.
Los Angeles was a 103-97 winner in its last match at home against the Nuggets. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 200 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Andrew Bynum poured in 30 points for Los Angeles on Friday, as they defeated Denver 103-97 at STAPLES Center.
Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Utah are 6-4
After playing Portland are 6-4
After a win are 6-4
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing San Antonio are 8-2
After playing Denver are 5-5
After a win are 6-4
A few Mavericks at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Dallas's last 19 games
Dallas is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Dallas
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games
LA Lakers are 19-6 SU in their last 25 games when playing at home against Dallas
Dallas at Utah, Monday, April 16
LA Lakers home to San Antonio, Tuesday, April 17