Two of the weakest squads of the Western Conference and of the whole league are clashing tonight, when the Los Angeles Lakers (23-34), looking to end a losing streak, are hosting the Dallas Mavericks (18-40), who have won only twice in the past month and are looking to bounce back. Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-23-2018, 22:30 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -4
Lakers have a 23-34 record (30-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 11th place of the West. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Timberwolves with a 111-119 score, beating the odds. They show impressive offensive pluralism with seven players in double digit scoring, led by Brandon Ingram with 16.1 ppg, adding 5.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Kyle Kuzma with 15.8 ppg and 5.9 rebounds, while Julius Randle adds 14.5 ppg and a team high 7.5 rebounds per game.
Mavericks have an 18-40 record (29-28-1 against the spread) so far this season and are currently sit on the second to last place of the West. They have lost four of their last five matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Kings with a 109-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring Harrison Barnes with 18.3 ppg, adding a team high 6.6 rebounds per game. He is followed by the rookie Dennis Smith Jr with 14.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg and a team high 5 assists per game, while Wesley Matthews adds 12.9 ppg.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team managed to win once (Mavericks by 7 points at home and Lakers by 6 on the road in overtime). Lakers are 14-14 at home so far this season, while Mavericks are 7-21 on the road. The Lakers are better offensively, scoring 107.3 ppg to Mavs’ 102.1, while Mavericks are better defensively, allowing 104.4 ppg to Lakers’ 110.2. Lakers have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 45.86% to Mavs’ 44.65%, while Mavericks have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.07% to Lakers’ 33.29%. Lakers are better in rebounding (46.2 to 40.6) and in assists made (23.5 to 22.5). Mavericks have been extremely weak on the road and Vegas odds give Lakers a -4 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory tonight.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -4 (-109)
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