Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers
NBA: Sunday, December 1, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, 4:00 PM ET
The first meeting of the season between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers on November 1 was a pure joy to watch. LeBron James and Luka Doncic posted a triple-double each, but the Lakers had more firepower than the Mavs to win 119-110 in overtime as 1-point road dogs. It was the Lakers’ sixth straight victory over the Mavericks.
Exactly a month later, these two conference foes meet each other at Staples Center in Los Angeles. We expect to see another thrilling battle. The Lakers enter the clash on a 10-game winning streak, while the Mavericks have won six of their last seven games overall.
The Mavs beat the Suns on the back of another Luka Doncic’s spectacular displayWhen Luka Doncic arrived in Dallas, many thought he will become one of the best European players in the NBA. However, Luka is playing above expectations. He accounted for 42 points, 11 assists, and nine rebounds in a 120-113 win at the Phoenix Suns on Friday, but it was just another strong performance by the 20-year-old Slovenian. Luka is averaging 30.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 9.6 assists per game while making 48.6% of his field goals. He’s already posted seven triple-doubles. The Suns couldn’t cope with Luka who was ready to bounce back from a poor game against the Clippers on Tuesday.
"Great players have a short memory for tough games," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said about Doncic's big night. "They move forward. They're always thinking ahead and about the next challenge. He was spectacular tonight from start to finish."
With Luka Doncic playing at the highest level, the Mavericks’ offensive rating is the best in the league by far. They score 117.1 points per 100 possessions, allowing 109.5 in a return (18th in the league). The Mavs have to improve defensively, as well as some guys need to play better on both sides of the ball. Kristaps Porzingis still tries to get back into a top form after missing the entire previous season due to a knee injury. He’s averaging 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, making only 39.8% of his field goals.
The Lakers continue to roll, tallying their 10th straight victoryThe Lakers are coming off a convincing 125-103 victory to the Washington Wizards this past Friday. They took control late in the first quarter and never looked back. LeBron James and Anthony Davis both took the fourth quarter off, as the Wizards had no chance of making this clash interesting to watch. The Lakers shot 51.7% from the field and 43.8% from beyond the arc. They scored 20 points in the paint more than the Wizards (56-36) and had the largest lead of whopping 39 points.
"We have championship aspirations, but that's not what's here right now," LeBron James said. "What's here is our next opponent. We want to continue to get better. We have guys who have been there and know what it takes. This is a long process, and we can never shortcut it. But we can enjoy it along the way."
LeBron James is leading the way for the Lakers, averaging 25.7 points, 11.0 assists, and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 49.9% from the field. Interestingly, James is spending most of the time at PG, driving the Lakers’ offense that is tallying 111.5 points per 100 possessions (5th in the league). On the other side of the ball, the Lakers are doing a great job. They are allowing only 102.3 points per 100 possessions (tied-1st) on 43.5% shooting from the field (7th).
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are: Dallas:
- 1-5 ATS in the last six games against LA Lakers
- 5-9 ATS in the last 14 road games against the Pacific Division
Los Angeles Lakers:
- 7-1 ATS in the last eight games against a team with a winning record
- 12-4 ATS in the last 16 games at home
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight games against the Southeast Division