NBA Betting Preview: Lakers at Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks logoThe red-hot Los Angeles Lakers (33-12 SU, 19-24 ATS) visit the ice-cold Dallas Mavericks (26-14 SU, 19-19-2 ATS) Wednesday night at the American Airlines Center (9:05 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Mavericks come into this game having lost their last six games while the Lakers have won eight of their last nine and sit in first place in the Pacific Division. The Lakers and Mavericks split their season series a year ago and this will be their first meeting this season.

The Lakers are listed as 3-point road favorites at and the total is set at 190.5. On the moneyline, LA is -155; Dallas is +135.

Do you remember when the Mavericks were rolling along with one of the best records in the league? Those days are long since gone as injuries have really hurt Dallas. They lost leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki (knee) on Dec. 27, then on Jan. 2 they lost F Caron Butler (knee) for the season.

Nowitzki returned two games ago but the Mavericks are still losing. The entire chemistry and feel of the team has been disrupted and the Mavs have not been able to get it going again. It won’t be easy to break the losing streak on Wednesday against a Los Angeles team that is playing like a champion.

That said, LA has not been kind to backers. Although the Lakers have won 10 of their last 12 straight up, they have only covered the spread five times in that stretch.

Overall, the Lakers are 8-2 against the Mavericks in their last 10 games. In Dallas, the Lakers have gone 5-5 over their last 10 games at American Airlines Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 26-12 against the Mavericks. Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.8 points for his career against the Mavericks.

Here are some key NBA betting stats for Wednesday’s game:

The Lakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games. The Lakers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six vs. the Western Conference. The Lakers are 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Dallas.

The Mavericks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. the Pacific. The Mavericks are 17-41-3 ATS in their last 61 home games. The Mavericks are 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. the Western Conference. The Mavericks are 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall.

In this series, the road team is 9-2-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

The under is 24-8 in the Lakers’ last 32 overall. The under is 11-4 in the Lakers’ last 15 vs. the Western Conference. The under is 12-5 in the Lakers’ last 17 road games. The over is 8-3 in the Mavericks’ last 11 home games.

In this series, the over is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in Dallas.

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