Lakers vs. Mavericks Prediction
Can the Dallas Mavericks cover a big spread at home when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at 8:30PM ET?
585 Los Angeles Lakers vs. 586 Dallas Mavericks
Monday, January 7, 2019
8:30PM ET – American Airlines Center
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Mavericks are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -8 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 222.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 67 percent going on the Mavericks at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Lakers on a skid
The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off a 108-86 loss at Minnesota on Sunday for their third straight loss and fifth loss in six games. The Lakers have failed to cover in their last three as well. Los Angeles is 21-19 on the season, 8-11 on the road, 16-23-1 against the spread and 24-15-1 with the under.
The Lakers are putting up 112.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Defensively, the Lakers are giving up 111.4 points per game while holding opponents to shooting 44.6 percent from the field. LeBron James continues to be out with a groin injury while Kyle Kuzma is questionable with a back injury. Over their last five without LeBron, the Lakers have scored just 105.2 points per game. Kuzma is putting up 18.3 points per game this season while Brandon Ingram is adding 16.1 points per contest.
Mavericks return home
Dallas wrapped up a four-game road trip on Saturday with a 106-100 loss at Philadelphia. The Mavs were 1-3 on the road trip while going 2-2 against the spread. Dallas is 18-21 on the season, 15-3 at home, 24-15 against the spread and 20-19 with the over.
The Mavericks are putting up 110.2 points per game on offense this year while giving up 109.7 per game on defense. However, at home, Dallas is averaging 113.6 on offense while giving up 105.9 on defense. Luka Doncic is leading the team this season with 19.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while Harrison Barnes adds 18.2 points per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Lakers have failed to cover the spread in six straight Monday games and in four of their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
The Mavericks have covered the spread in their last six games following a loss and in 19 of their last 26 home games.
The Lakers are definitely not the same team without LeBron James and it has been showing since the holidays. Dallas has been a tough team to figure out, but what we do know is that the Mavericks are tremendous at home. Dallas has been able to win at a high percentage at home while posting a strong record against the spread. Look for the Mavs to continue those trends at home against this short-handed Los Angeles team.
NBA Prediction: Dallas Mavericks -8