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Mar 01, 2022

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will conclude on Tuesday night with an intriguing Western Conference matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. Coverage begins from Crypto.com Arena at 10:00 p.m. ET on TNT.

Score Prediction

Mavericks 112, Lakers 104

Best Bets

Mavericks -4 (-110) at FanDuel

Mavericks vs. Lakers Predictions

After finishing seventh in the West with a record of 42-30 SU last year, the Lakers kept that same ball rolling with another frustrating start to this season, as L. A. opened with a lackluster 10-11 SU and 7-14 ATS skid – which was mainly attributed to growing pains associated with the offseason acquisition of Russell Westbrook.

The Lakers have maintained a similarly deficient pace since that point though, considering L. A. enters Tuesday riding a bumpy 16-22 SU and 18-20 ATS skid – despite getting tagged as favorites in 24 of those matchups.

On the other hand, the Mavericks also posted a surprisingly slow start to the season, as Dallas kicked things off with a lackluster 16-18 SU and 13-21 ATS skid – with five of those SU losses coming matchups they were favored in.

Dallas has admirably ridden the coattail of its defense through the winter months though, considering the Mavericks enter Tuesday riding an impressive 20-7 SU and 18-9 ATS run – while surrendering just 101.5 DPPG to their opponents across that timeframe.

I’ll back Dallas here, as the Mavericks are 7-2 SU and 8-1 ATS in their last nine games, while averaging 109.2 OPPG and 101.6 DPPG across that window – likely serving as a difficult task for Lakers squad that’s scored 106 PTS or less in four of their last five contests (104.6 OPPG).

Mavericks vs. Lakers Betting Odds

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Mavericks vs. Lakers Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Southwest vs. Pacific
  • Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • Venue: Crypto.com Arena
  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • TV-Time: TNT - 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Dallas Mavericks Betting Analysis

  • SU: 36-25
  • ATS: 34-27
  • O/U: 21-39-1

After a disappointing first-round exit from last year’s playoffs, Dallas kept that same ball rolling with another lackluster start to this season, as the Mavericks opened with a frustrating 16-18 and 13-21 ATS skid – with ten of those losses coming by seven points or more.

Dallas has recently found success through its defense though, considering the Mavericks enter Tuesday riding a sturdy 20-7 SU run – while surrendering 100 PTS or less in 15 of those contests (101.5 DPPG).

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 27-33
  • ATS: 26-34
  • O/U: 32-27-1

Regardless of the circumstances, stooping below .500 is undeniably disappointing for this year’s Lakers squad, but to be fair, they’ve been banged up from the start, so it’s tough to write them off completely, considering LeBron James has missed 17 games so far this season while Anthony Davis has missed 23 – and AD’s slated to miss at least another month with a mid-foot sprain.

There’s still plenty of time for the Lakers to turn things around and push for higher seeding; they just need to get healthy first, and ultimately, shoot the ball better, considering L. A. ranks 24th in offensive efficiency and 12th in scoring (1.055 OE, 110.5 OPPG) – which doesn’t bode well for a squad that also ranks 17th in defensive efficiency (1.074 DE).

The Lakers are 2-4 ATS in their last six games. (AP)

Mavericks vs. Lakers Head-to-Head

The Lakers won two-of-three regular-season matchups against Dallas last year, with the first two meetings soaring over the total at an average of 239 PPG – while the final event stayed under with a score of 108-93. The most recent matchup between these teams took place back in December of this season though, which resulted in a low-scoring victory for the Lakers (107-104 OT).

Key Players to Watch

  • DAL: Luka Doncic - PG (27.6 PPG, 9.2 REB, 8.9 AST)
  • DAL: Jalen Brunson - PG (16 PPG, 3.8 REB, 5.4 AST)
  • LAL: LeBron James - SF (29 PPG, 7.9 REB, 6.3 AST)
  • LAL: Malik Monk - SG (12.6 PPG, 3.2 REB, 2.5 AST)

Mavericks vs. Lakers Betting Conclusion

After posting SU losses in five of their last six games, the Lakers enter Tuesday’s contest as short home underdogs against the Mavericks at Crypto.com Arena – marking the fourth time L. A. has been an underdog across their last seven games.

I’ll back Dallas here, as the Lakers are 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS in their last six games, while tallying 106.5 OPPG and 114 DPPG during that timeframe – setting the stage for another tough matchup against a Mavericks squad that’s allowing just 101.6 DPPG across their latest 8-1 ATS stretch. 

Mavericks vs. Lakers Betting Trends

  • The Mavericks are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games.
  • The Lakers are 2-4 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five Lakers' games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in eight of the last 12 matchups between the Lakers and Mavericks.
  • The Lakers are 10-3 SU in their last 13 matchups against Dallas.
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