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Last Updated Mar 29, 2022, 23:42 PM

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

Nationally televised NBA action will resume on Tuesday night with a meaningful Western Conference clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. Coverage begins from American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

Score Prediction

Mavericks 116, Lakers 110

Best Bets

Over 219 (-110) at BetMGM

Lakers vs. Mavericks Predictions

After finishing fifth in the West with a record of 42-30 SU last year, Dallas stumbled out to a surprisingly poor start to this season, as the Mavericks opened 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 since that opening skid though, considering the Mavericks boast sturdy records of 30-11 SU and 26-15 ATS across their last 41 games – while allowing just 103.5 DPPG to their opponents during that timeframe.

On the other hand, the Lakers also posted a surprisingly slow start to the season, as Los Angeles kicked things off with a lackluster 10-11 SU and 7-14 ATS stretch – which was primarily chalked up to growing pains associated with the offseason acquisition of Russell Westbrook.

However, the Lakers have maintained a similarly deficient pace since that point, considering Los Angeles enters Tuesday riding a head-scratching 21-32 SU and 24-29 ATS skid – while scoring just 111.6 OPPG and surrendering 114.2 DPPG across that window.

I’ll take the over here, as the Mavericks are 11-4 SU and 8-6-1 ATS in their last 15 games, while tallying 107.5 OPPG and allowing just 106.6 DPPG during that timeframe – setting the stage for a relatively high-scoring battle against a Lakers squad that’s surrendering 121.3 DPPG across their latest 4-12 SU skid.

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Lakers vs. Mavericks Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Southwest
  • Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
  • Venue: American Airlines Center
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • TV-Time: TNT - 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Los Angeles Lakers Betting Analysis

  • SU: 31-43
  • ATS: 31-42-1
  • O/U: 41-32-1

Regardless of the situation, finishing below .500 is an undeniable shortcoming for this Lakers squad, but to be fair, they’ve encountered several injury hurdles, so it’s tough to write them off completely, considering LeBron James has missed 19 games over the course of the season – while Anthony Davis has missed 37, who’s expected to return any day now.

The Lakers can still flip the script and salvage everything in the postseason; however, they need to get healthy first, and ultimately shoot the ball better, considering L. A. ranks 22ndin offensive efficiency and 11th in scoring (1.067 OE, 111.6 OPPG) – which doesn’t bode well for a squad that also ranks 21st in defensive efficiency (1.093 DE).

Dallas Mavericks Betting Analysis

  • SU: 46-29
  • ATS: 41-33-1
  • O/U: 25-49-1

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

However, Dallas has recently found success by leaning on defense, considering the Mavericks enter Tuesday riding an impressive 30-11 SU run – despite averaging just 107.9 OPPG across that window.

The Lakers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games. (AP)

Lakers vs. Mavericks Head-to-Head

Dallas won two of three regular-season matchups against the Lakers last year, with the first two contests soaring over the total at an average of 248 PPG, while the third stayed under with a score of 108-93 (U 217). However, the Lakers are 1-1 SU against Dallas this season, with both matchups staying under the total at an average of 212 PPG.

Key Players to Watch

  • LAL: LeBron James - SF (30.1 PPG, 8.2 REB, 6.3 AST)
  • LAL: Russell Westbrook - PG (18.2 PPG, 7.5 REB, 7.2 AST)
  • DAL: Luka Doncic - PG (27.9 PPG, 9.1 REB, 8.5 AST)
  • DAL: Jalen Brunson - PG (16.2 PPG, 3.8 REB, 4.9 AST)

Lakers vs. Mavericks Betting Conclusion

After posting back-to-back losses to the Sixers and Pelicans, the Lakers hit the road for Tuesday’s contest as relatively steep underdogs against the Mavericks at American Airlines Center – marking the eighth time L. A. has been an underdog across their last nine games.

I’ll take the over here, as the Lakers are 4-12 SU and 5-10-1 ATS in their last 16 games, while tallying 113.9 OPPG and surrendering 121.3 DPPG during that timeframe – setting the stage for a high-scoring battle against a Mavs’ squad that’s allowing just 106.6 DPPG across their latest 11-4 SU run. 

Lakers vs. Mavericks Betting Trends

  • The Lakers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games.
  • The Mavericks are 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups against the Lakers.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the last five Lakers' games.
  • The Mavericks are 12-6 ATS in their last 18 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last six Mavericks' games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in nine of the last 13 matchups between the Lakers and Mavericks.
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