Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Preview, and Odds

Arnold Nichols
January 12, 2019

All they needed was an opening.

Sunday's 108-86 loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves was their largest loss without James and their third-worst loss of the season. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting.

Where Los Angeles really missed James prior to Sunday's loss was in the fourth quarter. Competing at every possession, we can't afford to take possessions off at this point.

Los Angeles Lakers reported yesterday that Lebron James will miss one more week due to his groin injury he sustained on Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors.

"There were times in that game tonight where in previous games we would've bled points and what not and started taking quick shots". "It's embarrassing for the fans and the second half was bad".

In his first year with the Lakers this season, James has largely maintained the production that fans have come to expect.

"I think we've got to have a little more sense of urgency when we step on the floor and just compete, to be quite honest.competing in every spot, competing for every minute". We obviously have to move the ball better.

"I was like "no don't trade Kuzma" because I thought he had the potential, outside of Lonzo, to be the best pro". "I shoot when I'm open".

Doncic had two first-half assists and none in the second.

Dallas, though, has been remarkable at home with 15 wins in 18 games. The Dallas Mavericks have won 13 of their last 14 home games.

The Lakers have failed to cover the spread in six straight Monday games and in four of their last five after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. Numerous Dallas Cowboys, including running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Jaylon Smith, attended the game, drawing an ovation from the sellout crowd.

Los Angeles now sits at the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

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