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Lakers vs Mavericks Betting Odds – Mavs avenge Lakers beating at home

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/12/2010 2:02:33 PM

NBA Odds: PickMavericks


Online betting players should look for Wednesday’s Lakers vs Mavericks odds to go against the NBA leaders, who are traveling with an ailing squad. The Lakers will face Dallas, who were whipped in Los Angeles last week, and they’ll look to take advantage of the Los Angeles injuries to get some payback.


WHAT: NBA betting
WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 8:30 PM ET
WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
KEY STAT: Dallas is 15-3 when scoring 100 points or more


The Storyline - Lakers vs Mavericks betting odds maker breakdown
The Lakers (29-8 as of Tuesday) spent most of the early part of this season at home, and this will be their fourth road game in five outings for the NBA leaders and defending champions. The Mavericks (25-12) have been inconsistent over the last month, but they still lead the Southwest over rival San Antonio, which is where the Lakers will play on Tuesday night. The Mavericks have made two trips out west this season, splitting a pair, but they were blown out 131-96 by the Lakers on January 6th.

Offensive Matchups - Lakers vs Mavericks betting odds maker breakdown
Los Angeles was fifth in the league in points scored, but had failed to break 100 points since thumping the Mavericks at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant has been struggling from the floor, and it could be due to a finger injury on his shooting hand. Pau Gasol has been out with a hamstring problem, and Ron Artest is battling concussion problems. This means more touches for Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom.

The Mavericks are still run through Dirk Nowitzki, who is one of the early MVP candidates in your online sportsbook, while Jason Terry and Shawn Terry can also fill the net. Jason Kidd runs the point very efficiently with an assist/turnover ratio of 3.92. However, the Mavericks really miss Josh Howard’s ability to score from anywhere on the court. The forward has battled various injuries over the year, only playing in half of Dallas’ games.

Betting Edge: Lakers


Defensive Matchups - Lakers vs Mavericks betting odds maker breakdown
The Lakers harassed Milwaukee into a 34.-1% shooting night on Monday, but their defense escaped them in losses to Portland and the Clippers last week. With all their injuries, it’s tough to get into a defensive rhythm, and Artest hasn’t been as good as many thought he would be on this end of the floor.

The Mavericks allow just over a point per game more than the Lakers, and they’ve improved a lot with Marion on the perimeter. Marion can guard anyone from a shooting guard to a power forward, and this also allows the Mavericks to keep Nowitzki fresh for the offensive end. Kidd is slowing down at the point, but J.J. Barea adds quickness when he spells the veteran.

Betting Edge: Draw


Notable Injuries - Lakers vs Mavericks betting odds maker breakdown
Gasol (hamstring) hasn’t played since last week’s Dallas game, while Artest (concussion) has been playing, but not effectively. Bryant (finger) is still getting his points, but is taking a ton of shots in the process.

Howard (thigh) and Drew Gooden (chin/finger) both missed Saturday’s loss against Utah, but the Mavericks are used to playing without Howard.

Betting Edge: Mavericks


Betting Prediction - Lakers vs Mavericks betting odds maker breakdown
Both stars have struggled from the field in their two meetings this year, and with Bryant, that could continue with his finger bothering him. The Lakers got 24 points from Jordan Farmar in last week’s blowout, and they’ll need secondary scoring like that on Wednesday, especially on the road. Five of the Lakers’ first eight losses came away from home, and their health problems put them at a disadvantage. The Mavericks will be rested, having been off since Saturday, and they’ll want revenge.

 

Craig’s Pick: Mavericks

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