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Dallas Mavericks vs. L.A. Lakers - 1/7/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
L.A. Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
Date & Time Monday January 7, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
American Airlines Center
Dallas, Texas
The Line
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -6 -- Over/Under: 221.5
TV Channel
SPEC
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks meet Monday in NBA action at the American Airlines Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.3 points and 7.1 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 18.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.8 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Dallas Mavericks could also use a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 110.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 109.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Luka Doncic is averaging 19.4 points and 4.9 assists while Harrison Barnes is averaging 18.2 points and 4.2 rebounds. Wesley Matthews is the third double-digit scorer and Dennis Smith Jr. is dishing four assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Dallas Mavericks are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won 13 of their last 14 home games.

The Lakers are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Southwest, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mavericks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Monday games, 19-7 ATS in their last 26 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Dallas. The under is 5-1 in Mavericks last 6 overall. The under is 7-3 in Lakers last 10 overall.

The Los Angeles Lakers are showing just how fragile of a roster they are without LeBron and Kuzma, as they're being outscored by eight points while shooting just 42.5 percent from the field in their last five games. The Dallas Mavericks may be on a losing stretch as well, but majority of their losses have come against respectable teams, and they're still consistent at home where they're shooting 47.1 percent from the field and winning by an average of 7.6 points. The Mavericks have been money at home, it's on the road where you have to worry about them. Without LeBron and Kuzma yet again, the Mavs and the reasonable chalk makes sense. 

Pick:
Dallas Mavericks -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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