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Mavericks take on Lakers in hoops contest

Dallas MavericksLos Angeles Lakers
April 2, 10:30 PM | STAPLES Center

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds

36-37TEAM RECORD38-36

Dallas pays a visit to Los Angeles on Tuesday, hoping to send the Lakers to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at STAPLES Center.

The Lakers bring a 38-36 record (30-44 ATS) to the battle against the 36-37 Mavericks, who are 42-31 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Los Angeles go 39-34-1 so far and the Mavericks go 43-28-2. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Dallas vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Lakers as 5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 208.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Lakers at No. 12 and the Mavericks at No. 18 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 103-101 result in favor of the Lakers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 6-ranked offense (102.4 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 27 at 102.2 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 45.8% from the field per game, less than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (46.1% on average).

Defensively, the Mavericks feature the league's No. 25-rated defense on the road, giving up 103.7 points per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Dallas was a 100-98 winner at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (198) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Dirk Nowitzki went off for 35 points and added 7 rebounds leading Dallas to a 100-98 win over Chicago on Saturday at American Airlines Center.

The Lakers were a 103-98 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Kings. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (201) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Lakers got a 24-point performance from Dwight Howard, who added 15 rebounds as Los Angeles ran past Sacramento 103-98 on Saturday at Power Balance Pavilion.

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Denver are 6-4
After playing Chicago are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 6-4
After playing Sacramento are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Mavericks at Lakers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Dallas's last 7 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Dallas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LA Lakers are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
LA Lakers are 18-7 SU in their last 25 games when playing at home against Dallas

Next up:
Dallas at Denver, Thursday, April 4
LA Lakers home to Memphis, Friday, April 5