Los Angeles Lakers (35-23) at Dallas Mavericks (30-26)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -3 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Los Angeles Lakers at the American Airlines Center on Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been in decent shape as they’ve won seven of their past 13 games, but they will be hoping to bounce back after getting routed by the Jazz in a 111-97 home loss on Monday. Talen Horton-Tucker led the team with 24 points on eight of 13 shooting off the bench, Kyle Kuzma added 17 points while Dennis Schroder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 15 points. As a team, the Lakers shot 43 percent from the field and 12 of 28 from the 3-point line as they struggled against the defense of the Jazz and quickly found themselves falling behind by 10 points at halftime, before getting blown out in the third quarter where the Jazz poured in 33 points to blow the margin out to 25 points.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have been in a rut as they’ve lost four of their last six games, but they were able to snap out of it with a 127-117 home win over the Pistons last night. Luka Doncic led the team with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, Jalen Brunson added 20 points with five assists off the bench while Kristaps Porzingis chipped in with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. As a team, the Mavericks shot 50 percent from the field and 16 of 43 from the 3-point line as they outscored the Pistons by 34-22 in the second quarter to open up a double-digit lead, before cruising in the second half where they led by as many as 17 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. The Mavericks are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on zero days' rest and 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Lakers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Dallas and the Lakers are 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
Anthony Davis is expected to make his return to the court which is a big boost for the Lakers, but he’ll likely be on a minutes restriction after sitting out the last 30 games. The Mavericks haven’t been at their best lately and they will be playing this one on zero days’ rest, but they’re almost at full strength and should be good enough to take advantage of the Lakers while they’re still undermanned.