Mavericks at Lakers 12/29/16 - NBA Picks & Predictions
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Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
NBA: 10:30 PM EST
Dec. 29, 2016
Latest Odds : LAL -2.5 Total 203.5
As much as having a key player back in the court for the Mavericks, it hasn’t been playing off to a full extent. After a terrible and humiliating loss to the Rockets, the Mavericks shouldn’t get their hopes up at all this season. With what is among the worst records in the NBA the Mavericks will head down to Los Angeles to visit the Lakers who have been very down this seasons after going 2-8 in a 10 games span. Overall the Mavericks are 9-23 and 3-14 on the road and the Lakers are 7-8 at home and 12-13 this season.
The Mavericks are looking forward to regrouping and try to give a bit more of a challenge to opposing teams. With the return of Andrew Bogut, it should show a bit more energy from the team. The Mavericks have everything they need to take a couple of wins this season, former Warrior, Harrison Barnes with 20.4 points per game, Andrew Bogut with 10.1 rebounds per game and also a former Warrior and a Curry. But the team hasn’t done much, averaging only 94.4 points per game this season and 3 full points under the next team.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are looking to make some roster changes after an injury. Overall the Lakers have found health in their young but inexperienced team. Lou Williams and D’Angelo Russell have been the offense for the Lakers with 18.8 and 14.5 points per game, but Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young have not been far off with 14.2 and 14.1 points per game. Julius Randle has been a ball hunter for the Lakers with 8.7 rebounds and Russell the playmaker with 4.5 assists per game. This offense has been averaging 104.5 points per game this season, but have allowed 110.6 points per game.
Recent Betting Trends:
Under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
Mavericks are 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings in Los Angeles.
Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southwest.
Mavericks are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games.
Free Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -2.5
Inconsistency is what both teams have suffered this season, with the inability to score points, the Mavericks have been humiliated and the Lakers have been unable to win the games with their defensive struggles. Tonight as much as the Mavericks might be looking healthy, it will not be enough to seal them the victory. Expect the Lakers to keep this win and go over the total. Final Score Prediction, Los Angeles Lakers win and cover ATS 108-104.