The Mavericks own a seven-game winning streak against the Lakers, and are favored on the NBA odds to make it eight in a row Sunday night at Staples Center.
Mavericks-Lakers NBA Betting Odds
Parts of Sunday's NBA odds market opened this game with Dallas as low as -1, but that figure quickly jumped to -3 and -4 at some shops. As of this writing the best line we could find on the Mavs was the -3 (-105) offered at Heritage, while Los Angeles was getting +4 (-105) at 5Dimes.
Anyone interested in betting the Lakers to win this game outright could get a price of +160 on the moneyline at 5Dimes.
Also, the total on this game opened as low as 209 at some shops, then quickly rose to 212, and looked like it was headed further.
Mavs-Lakers: The Situation
Dallas is 1-1 both SU and ATS this season, with a 111-95 win at Phoenix Wednesday and a 104-88 loss to the Clippers at Staples Center Thursday night. The Mavs shot 47 percent from the floor against the Suns, and hit 10-of-21 from beyond the arc, but shot just 36 percent from the floor and hit just six-of-30 from long range against the Clips.
Dallas also played short-handed Thursday night, without guards Deron Williams (knee) and Wes Matthews (rest). And it was already missing F Chandler Parsons. The Mavs only trailed by eight points at the half Thursday, but fell down by 28 in the third quarter, and missed on the cover as 12-point dogs.
However, there's a chance any of those three could play Sunday night. Bettors might want to check later injury updates before playing this game.
Dallas went off this season getting around 40/1 to win the Western Conference, with a wins OVER/UNDER of 36.5.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles is 0-2 both SU and ATS this season, following losses to Minnesota and Sacramento. The Lakers rallied late against the Timberwolves but rimmed a shot at the buzzer in a 112-111 defeat. LA then got blown out by the Kings 132-114, falling down by 20 early, later trailing by 31, allowing Sacramento to shoot 52 percent from the floor and whiffing on the spread as seven-point dogs.
So apparently not a whole lot has changed since last season, as far as the Lakers are concerned.
Los Angeles went off this season as a 66/1 longshot to win the West, with a wins O/U of 28.5.
Mavs-Lakers Recent History
Dallas has won the last seven meetings in this series, going 5-2 ATS in the process, after sweeping four games from LA last season by an average score of 116-101. The Mavs shot 54 percent from the field in those four games combined.
Mavs-Lakers Free NBA Pick
LA has a problem right now; it can't play defense. And until the Lakers start showing some improvement on that end of the court they should be faded. And those fades should probably be paired with the OVERS – the LA is 2-0 on the OVERS already. Also, Dallas might be a little healthier than it was Thursday night, and should certainly be better-rested.