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NBA Lines: Lakers Host Mavericks

The Los Angeles Lakers will kick off their NBA betting schedule for the week on Monday with a home game against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks swept the Lakers in the second round of last year's playoffs, and they're 6-4 both straight up and against the spread in the last 10 matchups between the two Western Conference teams.

View Dallas vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 4-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, while the total was hovering around 181.5 at most shops.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Lakers at No. 2 and the Mavericks at No. 16 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-96 result in favor of the Mavericks.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 2-rated squad against Dallas's No. 20-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 26 in the league with 4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 10 with 6.8 per outing.

Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 93.4 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 20 in the league in scoring at home.

The Mavericks were a 99-60 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Kings. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (159) made winners of UNDER bettors. The battle between the Mavericks and Kings didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Sacramento was handed a 99-60 defeat on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 102-94 result against the Clippers on January 14. The Lakers failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog, while the 196 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Lakers got a terrific 42-point performance from Kobe Bryant but Los Angeles handed them a 102-94 defeat on Saturday at STAPLES Center.

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 9-1
Before playing LA Clippers are 5-5
After playing Sacramento are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Miami are 9-1
After playing LA Clippers are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

A few Mavericks at Lakers trends to consider:
Dallas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Dallas's last 10 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing Dallas
LA Lakers are 19-6 SU in their last 25 games when playing at home against Dallas

Next up:
Dallas at LA Clippers, Wednesday, January 18
LA Lakers at Miami, Thursday, January 19