Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks (By: Demogorgon)
Mavericks are in amazing shape recently having lost only 1 of their last 8 games, including wins against top contenders like Celtics, GSW, Rockets. Still, things have not been great on the road for them with just 3 wins in 9 games so far and the main reason behind that is their struggling defense which allows a bit more than 110p per game on the road.
The Lakers did their duty yesterday by eliminating Indiana's threat to start those home series in the best possible way but they once again managed to exit that game with more concerns than confidence and the reason is that despite their powerful, strong start in that game, where they found themselves leading by as many as 24p in the second quarter, it took them less than 12 minutes to throw that lead away, as the Pacers were up by 3p midway through the 3rd quarter.
Dallas offense is on fire recently though their defensive struggle on the road is something they have to live with. This is expected to be a highly entertaining match between two teams that love to play in higher tempo while at the same time they are doing a great job in fast-breaks (both rank among the top 10 in the league).
The Lakers are the second best team in the league in fast-break efficiency and rank 3rd in possessions per game at home (108) which shows, for those that don't watch them, what kind of basketball they want to play. Still, one of their main issues so far is their defensive transition, where they rank 5th worst in the league in points allowed on fast-breaks per home game.
Young teams that love higher tempo games and many possessions, they do a lot of damage in transition but both have their defensive struggles, highly entertaining match expected here.
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks prediction
|Over 223.5 Points||Pinnacle||2.01||10||114-103 LOST (-10 units)|