The Dallas Mavericks are up in the season series, two-zip, and are confident as ever. The visiting Los Angeles Lakers, however, are boasting a new-look supporting cast. Can they finally beat the Mavs this season?
Catch the game tomorrow, at 4:30 AM, Manila time.
HOME: Dallas Mavericks (32-28, 20-10 HOME)
Projected starting five:
- Luka Doncic
- Kyrie Irving
- Josh Green
- Reggie Bullock
- Christian Wood
The Mavericks are coming off a dominating 142-116 win over the San Antonio Spurs. It snapped a three-game skid and was the team’s first victory with Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving both playing.
Confidence is also sure to be up in the locker room as they have beaten the Lakers twice this season, both in great fashion – one was a record-breaker as they exploded for 51 points in the third quarter while the other was an intense double-overtime battle. Doncic, as you might’ve guessed, starred in those wins, and he’s averaging a triple-double in the season series: 33.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 11.5 assists with a 52.3% clip.
Irving, meanwhile, will be in his sixth game as a Maverick. He has posted 27.2 points and 6.8 assists on 54.5% shooting and will should be able to at least maintain such numbers. Look for Tim Hardaway to be the third scorer as he has 24 PPG in the season series and coming off a 22-point, six-triple performance.
The Mavs are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games.
AWAY: Los Angeles Lakers (28-32, 13-18 AWAY)
Projected starting five:
- D’Angelo Russell (day-to-day) / Dennis Schroder
- Malik Beasley
- Jarred Vanderbilt
- LeBron James
- Anthony Davis
Hopes have considerably when up on the Lakers’ side since the trade, and they have gone 3-1 in their last four (both SU and ATS). There’s a dash of concern now, though, as D’Angelo Russell injured his ankle in the previous game and didn’t come back, reason why he’s a game-time decision for tomorrow.
In any case, the two superstars will lead the way: LeBron James and Anthony Davis. We’ll see how well they can bounce back from the duds they put out last time, which is sort of forgotten since they won handily over the Golden State Warriors, 124-11 (led by as much as 28). James went a horrific 5-for-20 while Davis weirdly attempted just five shots, granted he had a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards. AD ought to be more offensively assertive than that.
Plenty of the supporting cast showed up nicely in the win, most notably Malik Beasley, who had 25 points and seven threes, and Austin Reaves, who went for a perfect 6-for-6 for 17 points. They should feel good heading to tomorrow’s contest.
Note that while they are 3-1 ATS in their last four, but have lost four straight prior to that, also ATS.
Handicap: Luka is tough, and he know has Kyrie. The Mavs (-4.5) will make it three in a row on the Lakers, and also cover the spread.
Over/Under: The total hits the over (237).
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