Capper Picks Mavericks to Cover Against Lakers Tonight

David Lawrence

Saturday, November 22, 2014 1:58 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Lakers have won consecutive games for the first time this season. Can they add another victory to their resume as they move on to Dallas? The Mavericks are a big favorite on NBA odds.

The Los Angeles Lakers Can Win Because…?
Their lineup has been bolstered, and while a lot of people laugh at the silly “Swaggy P.” nickname, it is true that Nick Young did provide 17 points for the Lakers off the bench in a big 98-92 win at Houston on Wednesday. The Lakers needed bodies and reinforcements. Young gave Los Angeles what it absolutely had to have. Consider what Young’s arrival might have done. First of all, that win over Houston was the second game of a back-to-back set. Young’s legs certainly enabled the Lakers to maintain some stamina and show some resilience against Houston. Young’s minutes on the court enabled Kobe Bryant to feel as though he had more support. Bryant’s 29 points suggest that he was not only confident, but feeling physically well. What should also be brought up is that the Lakers outscored Houston in the fourth quarter of that game, 28-17, playing some of their best defense of the season. Los Angeles is gaining strength right now, though the extent to which the Lakers are getting tougher is still going to be a natural point of debate and discussion. Los Angeles has a reasonably good offense – it’s ranked 13th in the NBA right now. That’s more than most, in the upper half of the league.

 

The Dallas Mavericks Can Win Because…
They're playing a team that is not going to keep finding answers. The Lakers’ win over Houston was impressive for the Purple and Gold, given all the hardships they had dealt with in previous weeks. However, with Houston scoring only 69 points in Oklahoma City on Sunday and then getting blown out by Memphis on Monday, it was clear that something’s not quite right with Houston at the moment, following a blazing 9-1 start. The Dallas Mavericks were sluggish in the first week of the new NBA season, but they’ve been a lot better in recent weeks. The Mavericks have scored at least 105 points in each of their last five games, all victories. Dallas has scored over 120 points on two of those five games, and as a result, its offense is the best in the NBA, with an average of 108.9 points per game. Houston’s faltering offense didn’t even score 95 points against the Lakers, so Dallas should be able to do a lot better. The Mavericks don’t need to be great on defense to win this game. They just need to be great on offense.

 

Outlook
The Lakers still allow an average of just over 110 points per game. With Dallas averaging roughly 109 points scored per game, it’s logical to expect Dallas to score about 110 points or something close to that. The Lakers would not keep up, most likely. Take Dallas with your NBA picks to cover the NBA odds.

NBA Pick: Dallas -9.5 at The Greek

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