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Pointspread favors Mavericks in battle with Lakers

Los Angeles LakersDallas Mavericks
March 21, 9:30 PM | American Airlines Center

Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks Odds

28-18TEAM RECORD27-20

Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Wednesday when the Mavericks try to run the Lakers off the court at American Airlines Center in pro hoops action.

The Lakers will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 20-26 ATS against the number this season, while the Mavericks are 24-23 ATS. Los Angeles is 24-22 on the totals; Dallas is 22-25.

View LA Lakers vs Dallas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Lakers listed as 4-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 188.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Mavericks, currently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Lakers, who rate No. 4 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 97-96 victory for the Mavericks.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 19-ranked offense (95.1 PPG) against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 8 at 93.2 PPG. The Mavericks have averaged 44% from the field per game, less than the Lakers have managed so far this season (45.4% on average).

Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 18-rated defense on the road, allowing 97.7 points per game. Dallas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 in the league in scoring at home.

Los Angeles lost its last outing, a 107-104 result against the Rockets on March 20. The Lakers failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 211 combined points took the game OVER the total. Kobe Bryant went off for 29 points and added 3 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Houston defeated Los Angeles, 107-104 at Toyota Center.

Last time out for Dallas, they were a 112-95 winner as they battled the Nuggets on the road. The Mavericks covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 207 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Dirk Nowitzki went off for 33 points and added 11 rebounds leading Dallas to a 112-95 win over Denver on Monday at Pepsi Center.

Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Portland are 6-4
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Dallas Mavericks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing San Antonio are 6-4
After playing Denver are 6-4
After a win are 6-4

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

Next up:
LA Lakers home to Portland, Friday, March 23
Dallas at San Antonio, Friday, March 23