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Lakers vs Mavericks NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
  • Where: Dallas at American Airlines Center
  • Date: Sunday, December 25th
  • Betting Odds DAL -8, LAL +274 | DAL -344 O/U 230.0

So far, the Lakers have put together an overall record of 13-19, while going 12-18-2 vs the spread. The Lakers head into today’s action in the midst of a 3 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -14.67.

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The Lakers are coming off a disappointing 134-130 loss to the Hornets. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 3 points. In the game, Los Angeles entered the 2nd half all knotted up at 67. Leading the team in scoring was LeBron James, as he contributed 34 points while hitting 65.2% of his shots.

So far, the Mavericks have put together an overall record of 17-16, while going 11-20-2 vs the spread. Against the Lakers, the Mavericks are looking to add to their current 2 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 5.5.

The Mavericks are coming off a 112-106 win over the Rockets. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 7 point favorites. Dallas went on to win the game, as they led by 11 heading into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Luka Doncic, as he contributed 50 points while hitting 56.7% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

In last year’s regular season games with the Mavericks as the home team, Dallas and Los Angeles played to a split. However, the Mavericks won the overall season series with a record of 2-1. Similar to their season-long average, the Lakers averaged 107.0 points per game vs the Mavericks. On the other side, Dallas saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Lakers, as they averaged 113.67 points per game in these matchups. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Mavericks have an average scoring margin of +8 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 4-1. In these contests, they averaged a combined 216 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 2-3.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

For the season, the Los Angeles offense is the 7th ranked unit in the NBA, at 115.7 points per contest. When looking at the Lakers pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 102.9. If the Lakers offense is going to continue to produce at their current level, they would benefit from an improvement in their outside shooting. Currently, they are the 26th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.

Defensively, Los Angeles has had its problems giving up an average of 115.15 points per game (28th).

Without Anthony Davis, Los Angeles will need LeBron James to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Dallas today. This season, Davis leads the team in scoring with 27.4 points per game. James is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 27.4 points per game, which places him 12.0th in the NBA. In his 24 games, he has hit 49.3% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 8.2 rebounds per game.

The Mavericks come into today’s game as the 23rd ranked scoring offense at 111.0 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Mavericks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.4 per contest. If the Mavericks offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 14th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.

On the defensive end of the floor, the Mavericks are giving up an average of 104.72 points per game, good for 2nd in the NBA.

Point-Guard Luka Doncic currently leads the Mavericks at 32.8 points per game. For the season, he is 3rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 27.0% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Doncic is averaging 8.3 boards and 8.7 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 15th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Spencer Dinwiddie enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 32 games, he is averaging 16.5 and is 116th in the league in player efficiency rating.

Lakers vs Mavericks Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Mavericks -8
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 230.0

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