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NBA Betting Pick and Prediction: Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers

January 17, 2024



The Dallas Mavericks will travel to Los Angeles, California to face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Crypto.com Arena with the game tipping off at 8:30 PM ET on Wednesday night and will air on ABC and Bally Sports Southwest.



Dallas has the 6th best record in the Western Conference at 24-17 while having won two of their last three games including a 125-120 win at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. Luka Doncic continues to be an elite player and one of the main catalysts for the offensive success the Mavericks have had this season as he leads the team in scoring, rebounds, and assists with an average of 33.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 9.1 assists per game, however, he has missed the previous three games for the Mavericks and is questionable for the game against the Lakers on Wednesday with an ankle injury. 



Dallas is the 7th highest-scoring team in the NBA with an average of 118.68 points per game, however, they are a below-average defensive team as they are allowing an average of 117.15 points per game which is more than the league average of 115.55 points per game. The Dallas Mavericks will look to build off the momentum following the win against the Pelicans when they travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers.



The Los Angeles Lakers enter this game with a record of 20-21 which puts them in 10th place in the Western Conference following a 112-105 win at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday which also ended their two-game losing streak. Los Angeles has been a below-average team offensively as they are averaging 114.29 points per game. Anthony Davis enters this game averaging a double-double with 25.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game while also leading the team in blocks with an average of 2.54 blocks per game. 



The Lakers have been a slightly above-average defensive team as they are allowing an average of 115.36 points per game. The Los Angeles Lakers will look to build off the momentum following the win against the Thunder on Monday when they host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.



BookMaker has the Los Angeles Lakers listed as 3-point favorites at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. Dallas has won eight of the last ten including the previous three meetings while going 9-1 ATS in the last ten and covering the spread in three straight games in the series. The Dallas Mavericks are 23-18 ATS overall, 12-7 ATS on the road, and 8-8 ATS as an underdog this season while the Los Angeles Lakers are 18-24 ATS overall, 8-12 ATS at home, and 10-15 ATS as a favorite on the year.



Dallas enters this game with the better record and has dominated the series against Los Angeles having won eight of the last ten including the previous three meetings. The Mavericks are 9-1 ATS in the last ten games in the series while having been the better team at covering the spread this season with a record of 23-18 ATS overall and 12-7 AT Son the road while the Lakers are 18-24 ATS overall and 8-12 ATS at home which is why I am taking the points with the Dallas Mavericks when they travel to face the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Spooky Express Pick: Dallas Mavericks +3