Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks - 4/4/14
Dallas Mavericks (44-31) at Los Angeles Lakers (25-50)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10:30 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +9 -- Over/Under: 221 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, TWC SN
The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers will play for the third and final time this season on Friday. The Mavericks lead the series 2-0.
The Mavericks are coming off a big 113-107 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. The victory keeps the Mavericks in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference. On the season, the Mavericks average 105.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allow 102.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting. The Mavs have now topped 100 points in eight straight games, while Dirk Nowitzki is shooting 52.9 percent from the field in his last five games. The Dallas Mavericks are 40-35 ATS overall and 23-13 ATS on the road.
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The Lakers have lost eight of their last 11 games and will now finish up a brutal stretch of the season that may prevent them from winning another game the rest of the year. On the season, the Lakers average 102.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allow 108.9 points on 46.5 percent shooting. The Lakers have allowed 17 of their last 20 opponents to top 100 points and are allowing 50.5 percent shooting in their last five games. Nick Young has scored in the double figures in nine straight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are 38-36-1 ATS overall and 18-18-1 ATS at home.
The Mavericks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, while the Mavericks are 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Los Angeles.
I like the Lakers to keep this game close. The Mavs are coming off a big win over the Clippers on Thursday, while the Lakers have had some rest. Get all of the points you can with the Lakers, as Los Angeles will make things interesting with its high-scoring offense.