Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (3-9) at Dallas Mavericks (9-3)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 218.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, TWSN
The Dallas Mavericks look to continue a hot start overall and at home as they host the improving Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers are just 3-9 on the year, but two of those three wins have come in the last two games, with road wins over the Hawks and Rockets. Kobe Bryant simply refuses to believe that the Lakers are as bad as their record suggests, willing the team to victory in the last two outings with efforts of 28 and 29 points. Bryant has played in every game this season and is logging 35 minutes per game as he attempts to put the franchise on his back. PF Carlos Boozer and C Jordan Hill both have double doubles in each of the last two games and will really be key pieces moving forward as Kobe will dictate most of the remaining action on the perimeter and driving the lane. Jeremy Lin has been hit or miss at point guard which makes sense given that the offense doesn’t truly run through him in the Lakers current system. The Lakers are just 2-4 on the road and give up an NBA-worst 110 points per game which should surface as a big issue here against the Mavericks potent offensive attack.
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The Dallas Mavericks are cruising along at 9-3 on the year with a strong home court edge of 5-1. Owner Mark Cuban has definitely put the pieces in place around star Dirk Nowitzki to make one last run at a second title with Chandler Parsons and Jameer Nelson brought in as glue pieces for an offense that revolves around Nowitzki’s shooting and Monta Ellis’ versatile scoring ability. The Mavericks have rattled off five consecutive wins coming into this contest, but their last outing was a bit scary as Dirk injured an ankle only to return in the final minutes and hit what turned out to be a decisive three point shot to secure the victory. The Mavericks rank first in the league averaging 109 points per game, so expect to see fireworks on offense going up against a porous Lakers defense.
The total is set on the highest end of the spectrum imaginable approaching 220 here. With that being the case, it’s only a slight lean to the over but really I wouldn’t be shocked if the Mavericks hit 130 points and with Kobe in form I expect the Lakers to hit or exceed 100 also.