The daily NBA preview takes it to the rim with tips for the in-form Dallas Mavericks’ home clash with the big-name LA Lakers.
12:30 (AEDT), Sat 2nd Nov @ American Airlines Center, Dallas
History: Played 179: Lakers 122 V Mavericks 57
Last meeting: January 7, 2019: Lakers 107 d Mavericks 97 at American Airlines Center
Final Thoughts: The heavyweight Los Angeles Lakers and surprise-packet Dallas Mavericks both head into this clash with 3-1 records.
The Mavs are riding high after a come-from-behind, 109-106 victory over the Nuggets in Denver. They trailed by five at three-quarter time before coming home with a wet sail.
Kristaps Porzingis was a standout with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists. The Mavericks also had five double-digit scorers from the bench.
The Lakers have strung together three straight wins since their opening-night defeat to the Clippers. The Championship contenders put away the Jazz (95-86), Hornets (120-101) and Grizzlies (120-91) with authority.
The NBA world lost its collective mind after Anthony Davis racked up 40 points and 20 rebounds in just three quarters of work against Memphis. LeBron James played a solid support role with 23 points and 8 assists.
Davis is likely to play despite picking up a minor niggle, but Rajon Rondo has been ruled out.
The Lakers are on a five-game winning streak against the Mavericks. Last season they won the three encounters by margins of one, 11 and 10.
This is the Lakers’ first game away from Staples Center this season – and they went just 15-26 on the road last year. But the Lakers are a different side with AD’s imposing presence and massive numbers.
The Mavericks have started impressively but don’t have the offence to go with the Lakers. Take advantage of the Lakers’ generous head-to-head price and lean towards the under.
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