Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA on ESPN clash. Winners of 2 games in a row the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Dallas Mavericks who have won 3 of their last 4 games. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Los Angeles Lakers
The LA Lakers are finally catching momentum with 2 wins in a row over the Orlando Magic and OKC Thunder. One thing their fans should be happy about is the way this team has performed on the defensive end over the past two weeks, they have the 6th best defensive rating over that period of time, so things are moving in the right direction. LeBron James had his 5th 30-point game in the last 7 outings, and when he is playing like that the entire team responds well. The health of Anthony Davis has been a concern though, he has missed the last two games and is listed as day-to-day for this one with a knee problem. They could use his length tonight to match-up with Porzingis who has been cooking lately.
Dallas will need the Latvian unicorn to step up once again as they’ll be without the services of Luka Doncic who is recovering from an ankle injury. He had 24 points and 13 rebounds in the 120-96 home win over Charlotte the other night, Trey Burke also stepped up with 22 off the bench. The Mavs will require a similar effort tonight if they want to compete with the Lakers. They have a solid record in head-to-head duels with 10 wins in 14 games, plus they’ll be encouraged with their record vs Western Conference teams this season. They’ve covered 9 times in 12 such games, plus they are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs Pacific Division teams.
LA will be without Horton-Tucker for this one as he enters the health and safety protocols. But the 3 main stars will be available, while Dallas is without Doncic. Despite that the oddsmakers favor the Mavs here, I must say I’m leaning towards backing the Lakers. After all they are a different beast when LeBron James is healthy and that is certainly the case here. Back LA and the extra points.
Dallas Mavericks – Los Angeles Lakers Predictions & Odds
Lakers +2 Point spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
Bettors have cashed in on the under quite a lot in recent Dallas Mavericks games. That bet has landed 7 times in a row for them, including in their last 5 played at American Airlines Center. It’s been a similar story for Lakers games as 5 of their last 6 have gone under the total, which isn’t surprising considering they’ve focused a lot more on the defensive end in recent games as that’s the only way they will be competing for the title this season. On the road 4 of their last 5 have also gone under and in 6 of the last 10 vs the Mavs we saw the under cash as well. With Luka being out, the Lakers will pressure Porzingis into giving up the ball, I’m having my doubts the role players will be able to cope with that much pressure on them here. I think the under is the safer bet in this one.
Under 217 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365