Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 12, 2023

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The Dallas Mavericks strive to halt a two-game losing streak on Thursday night when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers for some NBA action.

January 12, 2023, 10:00 PM ET
Staples Center
L.A. Lakers
Pointspread -2.5 -110
Moneyline -143
Over / Under o +236.5


Betting Action


Pointspread +2.5 -110
Moneyline +119
Over / Under u +236.5


Betting Action


LeBron James is expected to return to the Lakers lineup Thursday when they host Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. LeBron sat out Monday’s 122-109 loss at Denver with ankle soreness, but is set to rejoin the starting lineup for this heavyweight Western tilt. Doncic comes in as the NBA’s top scorer, averaging 34.2 points per game. James is at 29.1 points per game, ranking eighth in the NBA.

Thursday’s matchup is important for both clubs. The 23-19 Mavericks have dropped two straight and now rank fifth in the conference, while the 19-22 Lakers remain right outside the final play-in spot.

Tip-off at Crypto.com Arena starts at 10 p.m. EST, with Dallas a three-point road favourite and the total at 229.5 on the NBA odds.

Mavericks vs. Lakers NBA Betting Odds

Dallas comes into this contest having covered in six straight versus the Lakers and outright winning five of those six. Thursday’s the second of four meetings between Dallas and L.A. this season, with the Mavericks winning the first one 124-115 on Christmas Day. James scored 38 in the loss, and Doncic 32 in a winning effort. Six of the last seven Mavericks–Lakers games played in L.A. have finished under the total.

The Mavs have had a tough go on the road all season, winning only seven of their 20 games so far. Dallas is 6-14 ATS in those matches and have failed to cover in five straight road outings. The Lakers are 4-1 in their last five outings at home.

Dallas Mavericks

A 43-point outing from Doncic Tuesday still resulted in a 12-point loss against the L.A. Clippers, as Dallas now awaits the other L.A. squad. The Mavericks shot 31 per cent from three in the loss, with Doncic going three for nine from deep. Doncic came three assists shy of his 10th triple-double this season, which ranks second in the NBA.

The Mavs managed 13 bench points in the defeat, with their bench shooting five for 21 from the field. Dallas has the eighth-fewest bench points this season, which is exactly what they could use to support Doncic and become a true contender in the West.

Los Angeles Lakers

Without James (and Anthony Davis) on Monday, it was Russell Westbrook of all players stepping up offensively for L.A. Westbrook scored a team-high 25 in the loss and has now scored at least 18 points in four straight games while shooting around 50 per cent both from the field and three-point range. Westbrook ranks third on the Lakers with 15.1 points per game.

Despite the NBA’s leading scorer coming into town, Dallas is 26th in the NBA in offence. But L.A. gives up fewer points per game than only three other NBA teams, so Doncic and the Mavericks should still pose a strong challenge for a struggling Lakers defence.

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