Dallas Mavericks versus LA Lakers Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 2-24-2013

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The 27-29 LA Lakers will travel to face the 25-29 Dallas Mavericks in an NBA pro basketball game on Sunday afternoon. Tip off time from Dallas is scheduled for 1PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ABC.

The odds from this NBA pro basketball game has the home team Dallas Mavericks favored by -3 points with an over under line of 210 points. There has been no line movement in this game since the odds came out a few hours ago.

The teams met twice this season with each club winning and covering the spread in their road game. This is a very important game for playoff positioning as both teams are outside the top eight in the Western Conference and chasing the eighth seeded Houston Rockets.

LA Lakers are 9-18 straight up on the road this season. Since coming off the All Star break the team has won two straight all coming at home. They come off the 111-107 home win on Friday to the Portland Trailblazers as a -9 ½ point betting favorite. The total landed over 203 ½ points. The Lakers shot 47.1% from the floor in the win along with 6 of 18 coming from three. They survived allowing the Trailblazers 48.9% shooting because they pull down five more rebounds and attempt 22 more free throws than Portland. Kobe Bryant had 40 points and seven rebounds on 15 of 23 shooting. This was a key game for LA as they only play eight players on Friday night. On the season the Lakers are a top nine team in two important areas of offense which is points per game and shooting percentage. They average 102 points a game and hits on 45.8% from the field.

Dallas is 16-10 straight up on their home court. They win their third straight and for the fifth time in six games following a 104-100 road win at the New Orleans Hornets as a -1 point betting favorite. The total landed over 199 points. The Mavs shot 47.6% from the field along with 8 of 20 from beyond the arc. They held the Hornets to just 41.1% from the floor along with 5 of 17 three pointers. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 25 points and 7 rebounds on 10 of 17 shooting. In 25 games this season Nowitzki is trending career lows as he averages 15.4 points a game and hits on 42.7% from the field. He is averaging 6 less points and 3% points below career lows. Dallas has to get better defensively if they are to make the postseason. The team is 27th in points allowed by giving up 102.6 points a game.

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