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Can the Dallas Mavericks stop their skid at six games? The task won’t be easy on Wednesday when they face the Los Angeles Lakers in a marquee NBA betting matchup.

The Mavs will be the home team but the NBA lines could make the Los Angeles Lakers the slight road favorite in this one at books like Sportsbook.ag. Dallas is in total disarray. It’s losing – and it’s losing big. It failed to cover the spread in each of its six straight losses.

Of those defeats, the last five have come by double-digit margins.

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At first, the Dallas Mavericks could blame their struggles on the loss of Dirk Nowitzki to a knee injury. But Dirk is back and his presence, not to mention his 32 points, weren’t enough to stop Detroit from beating them 103-89 Monday night.

The streaking Lakers just might add to Nowitzki and company’s misery; the defending champs have won eight of nine. They haven’t been overly kind to NBA betting sharps who support them, though; they’ve coved the spread just once in their last four games.

Kobe Bryant continues to lead the way for the Lakers with 25.2 points per game and Pau Gasol is having a great season. It also looks like Andrew Bynum is getting healthy. The big man has 10 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and two or more blocks in three of his last four games. [ Play free NBA contests for cash and prizes at Bovada ]

Are Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers the hottest pick at books like Bovada these days? After Griffin dropped an NBA 2010-11 league-high 47 points on the Pacers this past Monday, they just might be.

The sizzling Los Angeles Clippers visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. Through Monday night, L.A. has won five of six, beating the Lakers and Heat over that span, and is also 5-1 ATS over its last six games.

The Blazers will likely be slight home favorites at the Rose Garden but, considering they’re still without Brandon Roy and Greg Oden, it’s enough to wonder if the Clippers should be favored.

The 47 points weren’t a blip on the radar for Blake Griffin. Monday’s game marked the rookie’s 27th consecutive double-double. He’s had excellent help from Eric Gordon, who averages 23.9 points per game and also leads the team in assists and steals.

The Blazers have won two straight games – albeit at home to lowly New Jersey and Minnesota. Portland is 1-4 ATS over its last five contests. LaMarcus Aldridge continues to step up in Roy’s absence, averaging 21.1 points per game through Monday, but the rest of the Blazers aren’t scoring.

Portland is 25th in the NBA with 95.9 points per game.