Sun, Mar 13, 1:31am by Kevin Pitstock
Game: NBA Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Date/Time: March 13, 2011 1:30pm AEST
The Dallas Mavericks are 47-18 on the season and are 24-9 playing at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Los Angeles Lakers are 46-20 for the year and are 24-12 playing on the road. Dallas has won eight of their last ten games and won their last outing. The Lakers have won 8 of the last 10 games they have played and lost their last game.
Let’s check the statistics for each team with a preview and then check to odds courtesy of Sportsbet before we make our pick for your bet.
Dirk Nowitzki leads the team in scoring with a 23 points per average and shoots 52% from the field. Jason Kidd controls the floor with a 8.3 assists per game average and he makes 1.7 steals per game along with Tyson Chandler on the inside. Chandler grabs 9.4 rebounds per game and blocks 1.1 shots per game.
The team averages 100 points per game and they hold a 4 point differential over their opponents, The Mavericks are 2nd in field goal percentage at 47.6% per game. They can 37% of their 3-pointers and are 9th in the NBA in free throw shooting at 78%. Rebounding is a concern for Dallas with 41 boards per game which is the same as they give away.
Los Angeles Overview
Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers in scoring with 25 points per game and averages 4.8 assists per game. Pau Gasol dominates the paint with 10 rebounds per game and he blocks 1.7 shots per game while Lamar Odom successfully cans 54% of his field goals. Ron Artest contributes with 1.4 steals per game.
Los Angeles is 8th in scoring average at 101.6 points per game in the NBA and shoots 46.6% from the field to be 8th in the league in that category. They enter with 78.6% from the charity stripe which makes them 5th best in the league. Rebounding for the Lakers is a key component as they are the 4th best in the NBA with a 43.9 boards per game average.
Pick and Prediction
This will be two heavyweight teams fighting it out to land top spots for the playoff seeds. Dallas can flat out shoot the ball but the Lakers counter that category very well. Kobe vs. Dirk will be fun to watch. Check odds from Sportsbet +1 Lakers is where your bet should be for this game.
Our Pick: Bet Lakers +1 at Sportsbet
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