Mavericks vs Lakers Picks & Predictions

Peter N
December 22, 2020
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Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds Picks and Predictions

The Dallas Mavericks will battle the Los Angeles Lakers in this Western Conference showdown. The Mavericks will try to have Luka Dončić get in triple-double mode. The Lakers will look to dominate in the paint. Read our Dallas vs Los Angeles picks, find the best odds, lines, free bets, and legal US Sportsbooks where to place your bets!

When is Dallas vs Los Angeles?

Date: Friday, Dec. 25

Location: Staples Center – Los Angeles, California

Time: 8:00 PM EST

Coverage: ABC

Mavericks vs Lakers Odds & Spreads

Moneyline: DAL: (+220) I LA: (-275)

Spread: DAL: +7 (-111) I LA: -7 (-111)

Total: Over: N/A I Under: N/A 

Betting Preview

Dallas finished the 2019-2020 season losing to the Los Angeles Clippers, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. They were seventh in the West and 43-32. Dončić led the team in scoring with 28.8 points per game and he scored 1759 points. The offense was second in total score, fourth in rebounds, and tenth in three-point percentage. They scored around 117 points per game. The defense is slightly above average, and they gave up around 113 points per game. The Mavericks finished the preseason going 2-1.

In their last preseason game, the Mavs lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, in overtime, 129-127. Dallas had some good runs in the second and third quarter but let the scoring and defense dip in the fourth, and then just fell short in overtime. They had five players finish in double figures in scoring and Dončić led the way with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Mavs did well from three and at the free throw line but need to work on points in the paint.

Los Angeles finished the 2019-2020 season on top of the basketball world. They were 52-19 and first in the Western Conference. The Lakers leading scorer was Lebron James, who averaged 25.3 points per game. They were the best field goal percentage team and a top ten offensive rebounding team. LA averaged 113 points per game. On defense, they were the best defensive rebounding team and didn’t allow too many points. They gave up around 107 points per game. The Lakers finished preseason with a 4-0 record.

In their last preseason game, they beat the Phoenix Suns 114-113. LA was down 18 in the first quarter, did consistent scoring in the middle quarters, and finished with a defensive fourth. The Lakers had four players finish in double figures in scoring and Anthony Davis led the team in scoring with 35 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. They kept up in field goals and threes, but they need to rebound better and take care of the basketball.

Head to Head

This will be the 162nd all-time meeting between the Mavericks and Lakers. Los Angeles leads the series with a 113-48 record. In the last ten games, the Lakers are 8-2 and 7-3 ATS. The over/under is 4-6. LA scores around 114 points and Dallas is around 107. The Lakers have the edge in field goals and threes. It’s pretty even in rebounds and steals.

Our Mavericks vs Lakers Picks & Predictions

Both of these teams have good depth scoring, but the Lakers have the bigger guys. The LA offense runs through Davis and James. Both of those guys do well in the paint and get it going from anywhere on the court. Dallas is the better three point shooting team and Dončić can be mr triple double sometimes. He will get some help with scoring. The Lakers will win the rebounding stat and have the advantage at the free throw line. Los Angeles wins 118-114, but doesn’t cover the spread.

Author Peter N