The Dallas Mavericks play host to the Los Angeles Lakers at the American Airlines Center for one last time in the 2021/22 NBA regular season. In their recent clash earlier this March, the Mavs got away with the close 109-104 victory. This was sweet payback after the side lost its first regular-season game against the Lakers in December 2021. The team is coming off a strong 14-point win over the Jazz. Meanwhile, the Lakers make an effort to remain in Play-In contention following a tough loss to the Pelicans. It was their second-consecutive loss and the Lakers need to make the most of their remaining games to have a shot at a playoff appearance.
Nitrobetting gets you primed for the clash in this Lakers vs. Mavericks preview. The team shares essential game information on top of crucial stats, the latest NBA betting odds, trends, and predictions–all of which aim to help you find the best picks.
Lakers vs. Mavericks Game Information
- When: Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
- TV: TNT
- Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Lakers) / 103.3 FM ESPN (Mavs)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Lakers (+12) / Mavericks (-12)
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Lakers dropped six of their last eight games and are on the brink of a three-game skid after a testing night with the Pelicans. LeBron James produced another incredible performance and led the team with 39 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. However, James remains under observation until game time as he nurses a recurring ankle injury. Dwight Howard (hip) and Kendrick Nunn (knee) are also on the list, together with Anthony Davis, who might make a return in the first week of April.
As a team, the Lakers do have solid offensive statistics to show. They average 111.6 points (11th) per game on 46.8% shooting (seventh). The team also does well from the perimeter and inside the paint with a 54.4% two-point (fifth) percentage.
Defense is where the Lakers might struggle against the Mavs. L.A. can out-rebound the hosts with better rebound stats at 52.7 total boards (13th) per game. However, their opponent’s shooting percentage of 46.6% (20th) and average opponent points per game of 114.3 points (26th) per game tells us that they might have a tough time keeping up with the Mavs’ offense.
Why Bet on the Dallas Mavericks?
The Dallas Mavericks have been in great form after winning 11 of their last 15 games and they will try to stay hot after taking down the Jazz on Sunday night. Luka Doncic continues to inject pace into the Mavs’ offense as he ended his last game with 32 points, ten rebounds, and five assists. However, Tim Hardaway Jr. stays on the injury report as the guard is likely to miss games until the first week of April.
The Mavs are not exactly an offense-heavy team. They deliver the goods from defense and that’s what makes their system effective. Defensively, Dallas keeps opponents to 104.1 points (second) per game on 45.6% opponent shooting (15th). They do well defending long-range shots and keep teams under 34% from deep (third).
Despite having drawn-out offensive stats, the Mavericks shoot well from the two-point range. As a team, they average 54.4% from short and mid-range. This is good for a sixth-best record in the league right now. The “Luka Magic” is expected to give life to this side of the court as the Mavs try to restrain the Lakers.
Lakers vs. Mavericks Betting Trends
- The Bucks are 2-3 in the last five road games (2-3 ATS).
- The Bucks are 3-2 in the last five road games against the Sixers (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went over in six of their last ten road games.
- The Sixers are 2-3 in the last five games at Wells Fargo Center (2-3 ATS).
- The Sixers are 1-4 in the last five games against the Bucks (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in four of the Sixers’ last ten games against the Bucks.
Lakers vs. Mavericks Expert Betting Prediction
The Lakers have two key players who might not be on the lineup for this game. LeBron James has been putting in all the work to make sure that his team stays alive, but it’s obvious that he struggles without the support of Anthony Davis. Covering the spread should be doable for the side, but a win will demand everything from head coach Frank Vogel and his players.
Meanwhile, the Mavs also have a smaller selection of players this time as they are still missing three key players in Hardaway Jr., Brown, and Pinson. Nevertheless, the Mavs are the more consistent team of the two here. Put that on top of home-court advantage and the side enters the contest as favorites.
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