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Bet On Mavericks Lakers – Lakers Complete Season Sweep Of Defending Champions

Posted by Craig Parsons on 4/13/2012 5:31:35 PM

Online betting players would do well to find a television on Sunday afternoon, because they could see a potential preview of a first-round series from the Western Conference as the Lakers host Dallas in Los Angeles. The Mavericks rolled over the Lakers en route to last year’s championship, but the Lakers have gained a small measure of revenge with three victories over Dallas so far. Look for them to wrap up a fourth in the second half of an ABC doubleheader.

What: NBA Betting
When: Sunday, April 15th, 3:30 PM ET
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Pick: Los Angeles Lakers

Why Bet On Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks sit in sixth place in the West after a 112-103 win in Golden State on Wednesday, even though they were up by 14 at halftime and shot 50% from the field overall. Dirk Nowitzki led the way with 27 points, while Jason Kidd chipped in with nine points, 10 boards and 12 assists for the Mavericks, who also got a huge game from a bench that outscored their Golden State counterparts 57-33. Brandon Wright continued his strong play with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Jason Terry also scored 16 points for the Mavericks, who also turned the ball over 10 times to 15 for the Warriors. It was an uneven performance and the Mavericks let the Warriors get a little closer than they should have, but they still pulled out the win and that’s really all that counts at this point in the season. Any team that can get 57 points from their bench will be a threat, and Wright figures to get even more playing time since the Mavericks parted ways with former Laker Lamar Odom for the rest of the season.

Dallas is as healthy as they have been all season and that bodes well for their NBA betting chances down the stretch, and the Mavericks definitely have what it takes to defend their Western and NBA title. They’re a veteran group empowered by last year’s experience and they have gotten rid of Odom, who for all intents and purposes, was a distraction in the locker room. Their defense hasn’t fallen off much without Tyson Chandler, who signed to New York, so don’t overlook the Mavericks, who are in Portland on Friday.

Why Bet On Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers are also in action on Friday as they host Denver, and they may sit Kobe Bryant for another game as they were missing their future Hall of Famer for a crucial trip to San Antonio on Wednesday. However, the Lakers were powered by their big men in a 98-84 stroll to a victory as Andrew Bynum put up 16 points and 30 boards, while Pau Gasol was next with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Metta World Peace poured in 26 points for the Lakers, who absolutely owned the Spurs in the paint with a 60-33 edge on the glass. It was a phenomenal performance for a Bryant-less Lakers squad and if you still don’t think that Bynum is one of the top two centers in the league, this effort should have changed your mind. Bynum is showing that he is finally healthy (although an injury is never far away for him) and when he is, he has the ability to dominate on both ends of the court. However, he has acted out a few times this year, shooting three-pointers and mouthing off to the media and the Lakers need Bynum to have his head right to make a title push.

Meanwhile, Bryant (shin) is day-to-day and the Lakers can afford to rest him if they’re going to play like they did in San Antonio, but he also has to be willing to defer a little when he gets back because Los Angeles’ NBA betting hopes rest on the shoulders of Bynum and Gasol more than they do on Bryant, and that’s not a knock on his skills. It’s just that there aren’t many teams who can deal with two talented seven-footers on the same squad, and it’s more efficient than Bryant shooting long-range turn-around jumpers. Bryant has to realize that if he wants another ring.

How It Will Play Out

Los Angeles should be favored at home in this NBA betting matchup, and they’ve come out on top in three of their last five meetings with the Mavericks at the Staples Center, but they’ve failed to cover the spread in the last three home games against Dallas. The Lakers have also won all three-regular-season meetings with the Mavericks, covering the spread in two.

The Lakers were swept in convincing fashion by the Mavericks in last season’s playoffs and they’ve carried that with them in all three games this season, so you can bet that they’ll want to step up again. It also doesn’t hurt that the Lakers and Mavericks may end up facing off in the first round of the playoffs as Los Angeles is in third in the West, so there is a lot on the line in this late-season contest. Lean towards the Lakers at home in your sports betting picks.

Mavericks Lakers Betting Pick: Los Angeles Lakers 

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