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NBA Playoff Betting: Mavericks vs. Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have won six of their last seven at home versus the Mavericks as they welcome Dallas to the Staples Center tonight for Game 1 of their second round playoff series.

The Lakers and Mavericks last clashed on March 31 in Los Angeles when the Lakers trounced the Mavericks 110-82 as a 6.5-point favorite. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 28 points, while Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Dallas.

View Dallas vs LA Lakers Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks have set the Lakers as 6-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 189.5, but may be on the move.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Lakers) and the No. 6 (Mavericks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 104-103 result in favor of the Lakers is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Los Angeles's No. 9-ranked offense (101.5 PPG) against a Mavericks defense that ranks No. 10 at 96 PPG. The Lakers have averaged 46.3% from the field per game, less than the Mavericks have managed so far this season (47.5% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Mavericks own the league's No. 9-rated mark, allowing 96.8 points per game when on the road. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in home scoring.

Dallas won its last outing, a 103-96 result against the Trail Blazers on April 28. The Mavericks covered in that game as a 4-point underdog, while the 199 combined points took the game OVER the total. Dirk Nowitzki poured in 33 points for Dallas on Thursday, as they defeated Portland 103-96 at Rose Garden.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 98-80 winner as they battled the Hornets on the road. The Lakers covered in the match as a 5-point favorite, while 178 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Kobe Bryant scored 24 points leading the Lakers to a 98-80 victory over New Orleans at New Orleans Arena on Thursday.

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

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Dallas are 8-2
After playing New Orleans are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Mavericks at Lakers trends to consider:
Dallas is 9-0-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Dallas is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Dallas's last 7 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
Dallas is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
LA Lakers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Dallas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
LA Lakers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games when playing Dallas

Next up:
Dallas at LA Lakers, Wednesday, May 4
LA Lakers home to Dallas, Wednesday, May 4