The Los Angeles Lakers (14-9) travel to face off against the Dallas Mavericks (14-8) on Tuesday, December 12th. This game will be played at American Airlines Center in American Airlines Center and televised on TNT. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Lakers vs Mavericks
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Pelicans, LeBron James was the top scorer for Los Angeles, recording 30 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 54.7%. As the Lakers secured the victory with a final score of 133-89, Austin Reaves also chipped in with 17 points.
In the Lakers’ last five games, they have gone 4-1 and currently have an overall record of 14-9. Presently, the Lakers are 6th in the Western Conference and are 2nd in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 11-12 at this point. Currently, the Lakers have a five game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 3-6 against the spread as underdogs.
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
The Mavericks’ most recent matchup against the Grizzlies saw Luka Doncic lead the Mavericks with 35 points while shooting 9/21 from the field. Jaden Hardy also added 19 points as the Mavericks won the game by a score of 120-113.
Coming into today’s matchup vs. the Lakers, the Mavericks are above .500 with a 14-8 record. While playing on the road, the Mavericks are 8-4 this season compared to 6-4 at home.
The Mavericks have covered the spread successfully in their previous three games and maintain an overall ATS record of 12-10. On the road, the Mavericks have an ATS record of 8-4 compared to a 4-6 record vs. the spread at home.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Los Angeles offense is ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring at 113.1 points per game. In terms of pace, the Lakers are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.4 possessions per game. However, they have not been able to pair this up-tempo speed with overall scoring efficiency, as they are just 16th in made field goals per game.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Mavericks are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 119.9 points per game (6th). The Mavericks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 16 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Dallas is ranked 1st in fewest turnovers per game.
Lakers Team Defense
So far, the Lakers’ defense is ranked 10th in the league at 112.0 points per contest.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Lakers are forcing 14.1 per game, which is 23rd in the league. They also come into the game sitting 10th in blocked shots at 5.8 per game.
Mavericks Team Defense
At this time, the Mavericks’ defense is positioned 21st in the NBA, permitting 116.5 points per game.
For the season, Dallas is ranked 27th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 20.9 free-throws per game vs. the Mavericks and have an overall field goal percentage of 47.9%.
Key Players For The Lakers And Mavericks
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Anthony Davis will be the primary scorer for the Lakers, with 19 points and going 8/13 from the field. This season, he is averaging 22.7 points per game along with 12.7 boards.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Luka Doncic to be the top scorer for the Mavericks. Our projection has him finishing the game with 21, and he is expected to secure 6 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 48.5%, and his scoring average is 32 points per game.
Lakers vs Mavericks Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Lakers have a straight up record of 1-2 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 112 points per game in these contests.
- When looking at their past three matchups at home, Dallas has an ATS record of 2-1 while averaging 111 per game. The team went 2-1 overall in these games.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 2-8. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-5.
- As the betting favorite, the Lakers have an ATS record of 5-0 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 5-0.
As the underdogs with a spread of +2.5, we recommend going with the Mavericks on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 235.5 and our model has the Lakers and Mavericks finishing with a combined 226 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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