The Los Angeles Lakers head to Dallas tonight to battle the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks led by all-star forward Dirk Nowitzki. All NBA spreads and totals information can be found at Top Bet sportsbook.
Although the Mavericks have played well in spurts and still have a more than respectable 27-20 record, they were probably figuring on having a better record than this at this point of the season. The Mavs trail the Spurs by four games in the division, but have one four in row and are putting some serious pressure on San Antonio. Defense has been a mainstay for the Mavericks all year as they have only let up 92 points per game this season. Just as in the playoffs last year it looks as though it will have to be their defense that propels them forward during their playoff push this year as well.
The Lakers come into today’s game after dropping their last two and will be desperately looking to get back to their winning ways tonight. They are still holding on to a slim lead of 1.5 games in the Pacific Division. The Lakers are also led by a strong defensive team and have only let up just over 93 points per game this season. While their defense is powered by 7-footers Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum inside the offense as always for the Lakers largely hinges on all-world Kobe Bryant.
Although the Mavericks have been winning games lately they have struggled against the spread going just 2-5 ATS in their last 7. They are also 2-5 ATS in their last 7 at home as well. They do however have a good record vs. the Lakers ATS as the Lakers are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. the Mavs.
This is one of those games that will be awesome to watch, but that from a gambling prospective can go either way. When in doubt go with the more desperate team and that team in this one is clearly the Lakers who can feel the Clippers breathing down their neck. Take the Lakers and the points at the online sports books.