BEST ODDS TO BET ON:
- Underdogs: Lakers +12.5 (-110)
- Lakers vs Mavericks Over/Under: 219 points
The Lakers (31-43 ATS) are 10-4 SU in their last 114 games against the Mavericks but are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 matches and 5-15 SU in their last 20 outings. The total has gone OVER in four of Los Angeles’ last five contests while the Lakers are 0-6 ATS in their last six matches against an opponent in the Southwest Division.
The Mavericks (42-32-1 ATS) are 12-6 ATS in their last 18 games and 11-4 SU in their last 15 matches even as the total has gone UNDER in nine of Dallas’ last 11 outings this season. Dallas has won three of its last four games, including a 114-100 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday.
Los Angeles lost its last two games, including a 108-116 defeat to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, to be dragged in a three-team race among the Pelicans (32-43) and the San Antonio Spurs (31-44) for the last two slots in the play-in tournament in the Western Conference. The Lakers might have to win without leading scorer LeBron James (30.1 points per game), who is doubtful due to an ankle injury, even as Anthony Davis (ankle) and Dwight Howard (hip) are also dealing with injuries.
Final Predictions and Picks:
- Spread —115 Dallas Mavericks – 104 Los Angeles Lakers
- Over/Under — OVER 219 points
A look at last time’s predictions:
Boston Celtics vs Toronto Raptors Odds and Picks
Pascal Siakam posted a season-high 40 points along with 13 rebounds, three steals and two blocks while Gary Trent hit two free throws with 14.4 seconds left to lift the Toronto Raptors (43-32) past the Boston Celtics (47-29), 115-112, to win their third-straight game and nine of their last 11 matches while retaining a one-game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers (42-33) in the race for the No.6 seed and an outright playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Golden State Warriors vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds and Picks
Desmond Bane scored 22 points while D’Anthony Melton and Dillon Brooks had 21 points apiece as the Memphis Grizzlies (53-23) blew out the undermanned Golden State Warriors (48-28), 123-95, despite playing without All-Star guard Ja Morant to keep their strong hold of the No.2 seed in the Western Conference.
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