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Pointspread favors Mavericks in battle with Lakers

Dallas MavericksLos Angeles Lakers
45-31April 04, 2014, 10:30 | STAPLES Center25-50



NBA betting interest will be piqued on Friday when the Mavericks of Dallas hit the hard court against the Lakers of Los Angeles.

The Mavericks will try to spoil the party on Friday; they are 40-35-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Lakers are 39-35-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Dallas is 43-33 on the totals; Los Angeles is 42-31-2.View Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Lakers sat as 9-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 223.

This game matches up the No. 29 (Lakers) and the No. 9 (Mavericks) teams in the league, according to our current NBA Power Rankings at Odds Shark. A 99-91 result in favor of the Mavericks is predicted by handicapping models.



The Mavericks were a 113-107 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Clippers. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (220) made winners of OVER bettors. Dallas got 26 points and 11 rebounds from Dirk Nowitzki en route to a 113-107 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday at STAPLES Center.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 107-102 result against the Kings on April 2. The Lakers covered in that game as an 8-point underdog, while the 209 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Los Angeles suffered a 107-102 loss against Sacramento on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Jodie Meeks in a losing effort at Sleep Train Arena.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Los Angeles's No. 23-rated squad against Dallas's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Los Angeles rates No. 4 in the league with 9.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 8 with 8.82 per outing.

A few Mavericks at Lakers trends to consider:
Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Dallas's last 8 games
Dallas is 17-7 ATS in its last 24 games on the road
Dallas is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
LA Lakers is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of LA Lakers's last 23 games
LA Lakers is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of LA Lakers's last 11 games at home


Next up:
Dallas at Sacramento, Sunday, April 6th
Los Angeles at Los Angeles, Sunday, April 6th

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