The Dallas Mavericks (24-17) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-21) on Wednesday, January 17th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on ABC. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:30 ET.
Mavericks vs Lakers
The Mavericks Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Pelicans, Kyrie Irving was the top scorer for Dallas, recording 42 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 45.9%. Tim Hardaway Jr. also contributed 41 points as the Mavericks won by a score of 125-120 vs. the Pelicans.
So far this season, the Mavericks are 24-17 overall and have a 2-1 record in their last three games. In Western Conference play, they are 18-14 and are 6-3 in non-conference games.
Against the spread, Dallas are currently above .500, at 23-18 ATS. The Mavericks currently have a six game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 15-10 vs. the spread as the favorite.
The Lakers Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Thunder, Anthony Davis was the top scorer for the Lakers’ offense, scoring 27 points and shooting 9/17 from the field. LeBron James also added 25 points as the Lakers won the game by a score of 112-105.
With a 20-21 record, the Lakers are looking to add a win to their season total as they take on the Mavericks. In the Western Conference, the Lakers are currently ranked 10th and are 4th in the Pacific division.
Los Angeles’ ATS record sits below .500 (17-24). During this season, Los Angeles has a 9-14 record against the spread as favorites and 8-10 as underdogs.
Mavericks Offense Breakdown
The Mavericks arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 118.7 points per game (7th).
When it comes to scoring, the Mavericks are 7th in the NBA at 118.7 points per game. However, on the road, they are averaging 116.4 points per game (11th).
So far this season, the Mavericks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 58.5% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Dallas is 16th in the league at 47%.
When it comes to getting to the free-throw line, the Mavericks are 12th in the NBA in free-throw attempts at 23.7 per game. In terms of assists, Dallas is 23rd in the league at 25.2 per game.
Lakers Offense Breakdown
This season, the Los Angeles offense is ranked 19th in the NBA in scoring at 114.1 points per game.
So far this season, the Lakers are 19th in the league in scoring at 114.1 points per game. At home, they are averaging 114.5 points per game. In terms of pace, the Lakers are 6th in the league at 100.6 possessions per game.
When it comes to field goal percentage, the Lakers are 7th in the league at 48%. However, they are just 24th in three-point shooting at 35% and are last in the NBA in three-point attempts per game.
Overall, the Lakers have outscored the league average in just 36.6% of their games. In terms of assists, the Lakers are 8th in the league at 27.7 per game.
Mavericks Team Defense
At present, the Mavericks’ defense is ranked 20th, allowing 117.1 points per game. Dallas’ defense is currently forcing 11.6 turnovers per game, which is 2nd in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 25th in blocked shots, with an average of 4.5 rejections per game.
Lakers Team Defense
On defense, the Lakers come into the game ranked 16th in the league in points allowed at 115.5 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 121.3 points per contest (16th). On two point field goal attempts, the Lakers’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.0% and allowing 38.0% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Mavericks And Lakers
For today’s matchup, we project Luka Doncic to lead the scoring for the Mavericks, putting up 32 points and shooting at a rate of 11/22. Throughout this season, his average stands at 33.6 points per game, along with 8.1 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Anthony Davis as the leading scorer for the Lakers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 23 while also collecting 12 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 55.1% and is averaging 25.1 points per contest.
Mavericks vs Lakers Trends
Across their last three road contests, Dallas has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 110 points per game.
Although Los Angeles has a straight up record of 2-8 in their last ten home games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 3-7. The team averaged 116 points per game in these games.
In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Mavericks have a straight up record of 5-5 and an ATS mark of 6-4.
Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 2-8 while going 4-6 straight up.
Coming in as the underdogs at +3, we have the Mavericks as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 242 and our model has the Mavericks and Lakers finishing with a combined 228 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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