Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks Odds, Prediction, and Pick
You have to love a match-up between two Western Conference rivals, especially when it is these two teams. The Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers have had quite a past when it comes to the NBA Playoffs, but also for some huge NBA regular season match-ups as well. These two teams have some huge names including Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, Jason Terry, Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum. What makes this game even more interesting is that Odom used to be a key part of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he was traded to the Mavericks, and now he'll be up against his old team. Tip off for this game will be on Wednesday, February 22nd at 9:30pm EST, and it is a nationally televised game that will be played on ESPN.
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The Lakers have put together a solid 17-12 record through the 15th of the month, and won back to back games through that point as well. The Mavericks on the other hand were 18-11, but had their own impressive four game winning streak going, partially thanks to the incredibly strong play of Dirk Nowitzki who looks to be back in full form at this point in the season. What's interesting about this match-up though is that the Mavericks are 11-5 at home, but the Lakers have also struggled quite a bit on the road, and have only gone 5-10. If they want to be serious contenders this year, they are going to need to get it going in the right direction soon, and beating the Mavericks on the road would be a great start for Kobe and company.
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- Los Angeles Lakers: TBD
- Dallas Mavericks: TBD
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What a tough call this game will be. Both teams have been playing incredibly well, and I see this game being tight all the way down until the finish. Realistically, I want to give the edge to the Mavericks because they are at home, but I think that Kobe is going to continue to help this team get better as time rolls on. I'm going to take the Lakers to pull out a shocking victory on the road, and start to convince teams in the NBA that they are still a team that everyone should have their eye on and be scared of. Kobe Bryant still has that "it" factor, and it'll be in full affect in this one.
Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers- 102 Dallas Mavericks- 100
» Free Pick
I'm anticipating a close game regardless of the situation, mainly because both of these teams know about rivalries. I consider the Mavericks and Lakers to be a rivalry in the NBA, and I'd be surprised to see much more than a one or two basket game. I think the Lakers get the job done in the end though, but it won't be by a lot.
Pick: Los Angeles Lakers