Dallas Mavericks (10-9) vs Los Angeles Lakers (11-9)Date : 11/30/2018
Time : 10:30 pm EST
Location : Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers
The Dallas Mavericks will travel to Staples Center in Los Angeles California, on Friday night to battle the Los Angeles Lakers beginning at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard time. The Dallas Mavericks have won three games in a row with a huge 128 – 108 road win over the Houston Rockets in their last outing as Luka Doncic along with Devin Harris scored 20 points each for the Mavericks as they won only their second road game of the season.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost two straight games after a blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets to where they allowed 117 points on the road while only scoring 85 for the game as Kyle Kuzma led the team in scoring with 21 points in the loss. The under has been the play in eight of the last 11 meetings in Los Angeles amongst these teams while the Mavericks are winners against the spread in nine of the last 13 meetings, overall, with the Lakers.
Dallas Mavericks's Latest Performance :
Luka Doncic continues to play stellar basketball as he and Devin Harris led the Dallas Mavericks in their last win over the Houston Rockets with 20 points each. Aside from these two, JJ Barea along with DeAndre Jordan chipped in 13 points in the much-needed victory as well. In all, Dallas is turning into a very dangerous team within the Western Conference as they are only one game behind the Memphis Grizzlies in the Southwest Division. With that being the case, look for the focus to certainly be there in this matchup versus a Los Angeles Lakers squad that has certainly played inconsistent on both sides of the floor recently.
On the other hand, the Mavericks have also been stellar on the defensive end as they are allowing opponents to score an average of 108 points per night thus far in the season on 46% shooting from the field. Look for Dallas to continue their balanced scoring attack along with their outstanding defensive play in this matchup as they will be looking to improve upon their road record for the year.
Los Angeles Lakers 's Latest Performance :
The Lakers find themselves losers of two straight, as stated, due to their offense averaging only 94 points per game during this time. And while their defense has been known to give up points throughout this young 2018 season, they allowed the Jazz to shoot 49% from the floor in their last outing as Jamal Murray and Paul Millsap each scored 20 points in the victory. As stated, Kuzma led the Lakers with 21 points in the loss while Lebron James and Brandon Ingram chipped in 14 points apiece with James adding seven rebounds.
Denver was able to atone for loss earlier in the season in Los Angeles to where the Lakers came out with the victory; However, in this contest, the Nuggets led by eight points at the half while stretching their lead to 18 points going into the 4th quarter. In all, the Lakers simply did not play well on either side of the ball in this matchup and will certainly look to shore up these vulnerabilities versus a dangerous Dallas team that has won 7 of their last games, yet, continues to struggle on the road.
How Dallas Mavericks & Los Angeles Lakers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Dallas is 13 – 6 ATS while the OU is 11 – 8
Los Angeles is 7 – 13 ATS while the OU is 6 – 12
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
It will behoove the Lakers not to overlook this Dallas team as they have been turning heads all season, in my opinion. Luca Doncik has stepped up masterfully as the young talent has been able to leave the team in scoring with 19 points per outing. On the other hand, the Lakers will look to pick up some wins at home as their matchup with the Mavericks will be game 2 of a four-game homestand. With that being the case, look for Los Angeles to also come out with focus and intensity in this matchup as they can certainly use a win at this point in the season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Los Angeles Lakers
My reason for the pick :
While I will not overlook the fact that the Mavericks have been great on both sides of the floor lately, I will say that their road record has not been very good at all in 2018. The Lakers, on the other hand, has struggled recently, as stated, yet they are winners of four of their last 5 games at Staples Center and will bring their A-game for this contest in which to pick up a much-needed victory. It is for this reason that I believe that the Lakers will get back to basics in pushing the pace of the game while being more effective at allowing LeBron James to get to his sweet spots within the half-court offense in which to pick up the victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as I see the Lakers having a decent night shooting versus the Mavericks as they will pull out all the stops in which to gain some easy baskets in transition throughout the contest. Of course, the Mavs will do their part in which to put points on the board while keeping the game manageable during this matchup. In all, the over is indeed the strong play as you have two teams that are looking to either continue their outstanding play offensively, or, will be atoning for a rough patch of basketball, altogether.
Betting trends for Dallas Mavericks:
- Mavericks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Over is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Over is 4-1 in Mavericks last 5 Friday games.
Betting trends for Los Angeles Lakers :
- Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Lakers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Under is 3-0-2 in Lakers last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.