NBA Picks: Back Home Favorites Mavericks to Cover ATS Over Lakers

Joe Catalano

Friday, November 13, 2015 7:43 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 7:43 PM GMT

Nowitzki continues to keep nailing his fall back jumper and we can expect more of that tonight when these two teams collide.See who we like as our NBA pick tonight.

 

Tip-off is set for Friday, November 13th, at 8:30 p.m. EST at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. According to 5Dimes, the Mavericks are an 8.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 210.5. The way that the Lakers have been playing, the Mavericks look like the easy cover against the NBA odds, but let's take a more in-depth look to make sure this is the case.

 

A Star Has Fallen?
Kobe Bryant has nothing to explain to anyone. He's in his 20th season in the league, logged tons of mileage with the playoffs included, has won 5 championships, and is considered one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of basketball sneakers. That said, with injuries combined with age, Bryant isn't the same player and he admits.this.

Nonetheless, he still leads the Lakers in scoring at 16.5 points per game and is doing it in just 29.2 minutes per game. Bryant can still take over a game, but it simply not as consistent or as good a player that he was before. He needs other guys to step up and take the reigns or the Lakers will be a losing basketball squad and that won't sit well with the Buss Family, Magic Johnson, and the celebrities that are in the crowd.

 

Juilus Randle
One player that didn't get a chance to showcase his skills in his rookie season was Julius Randle and Randle is starting to make an impression on the team this season. There's still a lot of room for improvement, but the Lakers are in desperate need of a presence in the paint and Randle appears to have a high upside.

For the season, Randle is averaging 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. I, personally, have little faith in Roy Hibbert ever since he stopped being effective with Indiana and D'Angelo Russell hasn't performed up to expectations.

The Lakers need a player of the future to look forward to. Before the 2015 NBA Draft, people were saying the Russell was the franchise. I happen to think that Randle is the man in Hollywood.  Dallas is a good matchup for Randle as ZaZa Pachulia and Dwight Powell don't necessarily scare me and there will be plenty of opportunities for this 2nd year player to lead the way.

 

A Second Wind?
Coming off of a 31 point, 11 rebound performance on 11 of 14 shooting from the fierld against a good L.A. Clippers team, Dirk Nowitzki appears to be finding the fountain of youth at 37 years of age.

Last season, people were thinking that Nowitzki was finished;well....think again. For the season, Nowitzki leads the Mavericks with 18.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is also shooting over 90% from the free throw line and 50 % from the field. I don't know what Nowitzki is drinking, but give me some. In all seriousness,owner Marc Cuban, said that he would never trade Nowitzki and why should he? He's the best player on the Mavericks squad.

One player that I'm a little disappointed in is Wesley Matthews. Matthews was supposed to make a splash in coming from Portland to Dallas, but has been merely average, averaging just over 10 points per game and not really creating a major impact. This can be due in part to the ball needing to be spread around, but the Mavericks have a great ball distributor in Deron Williams and Matthews, who can nail the 3-ball, really hasn't taken full advantage of this. That said, the season is still early.

I have little faith in the Lakers on the road and 8.5 points aren't a lot to lay. Make the Mavericks your NBA pick.

NBA Pick: Mavericks -8.5 at 5Dimes

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