VietBet Pointspread: Dallas -4
Total Line: OFF
The Los Angeles Lakers will play their second straight game in Texas with a Wednesday night matchup against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The game is set to tip-off at 9:30 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Los Angeles kicks-off its brief tour of the state with a Tuesday night contest against Houston after coming off a stunning 103-99 loss to Utah this past Sunday as an 11-point home favorite. The Lakers are now 28-17 straight-up and 21-24 against the spread. They have really struggled on the road this season with a SU record of 9-14 and an 8-15 record ATS. The total has gone 12-10-1 in the 23 games.
The Lakers have scored over 100 points in four of their last seven games, but on the year they are averaging 95.2 points a game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and a dismal 30.6 percent from three-point range. Kobe Bryant leads the team with 28.7 points and 4.8 assists a game.
Dallas is riding a four-game winning streak into this matchup that has its overall record at 27-20 SU and 24-23 ATS. Despite the recent run, it still trails San Antonio by four games for the lead in the Southwest Division. The Mavericks are 18-7 SU and 13-12 at home this season with the total staying ‘under’ in 14 of the 25 games.
Injuries continue to be an issue for Dallas with Brendan Heyward listed as ‘out’ and Shawn Marion ‘day-to-day’ with knee issues. This is bad news for a team that is already struggling to put points on the board with an average of 95.1 a game. Fortunately, the Mavs’ defense remains one of the best in the league; giving-up an average of just 92.7 points a game.
The Lakers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against the Southwest Division, but a woeful 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games on the road. The total has gone ‘over’ in six of their last seven games overall.
The Mavericks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games and 2-5 ATS in its last seven games at home. The total has gone ‘over’ in their last five games overall.
The road team in this series is 14-6-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the total has gone ‘over’ in five of the last six games in Dallas. Los Angeles is 2-0 SU (1-1 ATS) in this season’s series including a 96-91 victory on Feb.22 as a 4.5-point road underdog. Playing three games in four nights will take its toll on the team, but the Lakers remain a solid play in this game ATS if the line stretches to four or more points. The Free NBA Pick: Dallas 94 Los Angeles 91
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