Wed, May 4, 11:49am by Kevin Pitstock
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Date/Time: Thursday May 5th, 2011 / 12:30am AEST
The Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks will get together for the second game of a best-of-seven series. This game will be the second at the Staples Center; home of both the Lakers and Clippers. Dallas won the first game of the series on the road, and hold a 1-0 lead. The Lakers are the second seed in the Western Conference, while the Mavericks are the thid seed. The winner of this series will take on the winner of the Oklahoma City Thunder/Memphis Grizzlies series.
Los Angeles Lakers Overview:
The Los Angeles Lakers went 57-25 during the regular season. They fought hard, and winning in the final game of the regular season gave them the second seed over the Mavericks. At the Staples Center during the regular season, Los Angeles went 30-11, while winning 36 of 52 games against the Western Conference. The Lakers beat the New Orleans Hornets in ficve games during the first round.
Los Angeles got 36 points from their stud; Kobe Bryant in the game one loss. Bryant did not get alot of help, and that is what Phil Jackson will have to get figured out before this game. Bryant during the regular season led the Lakers in scoring with 25.3 points per game. The Lakers as a team scored 101.5 points per game, while yielding 95.4 on the defensive end.
Dallas Mavericks Overview:
Dallas finished with the exact same record as the Lakers during the regular season. The Mavericks were pushed to the second seed due to tiebreaker rules for the postseason. The Mavericks finished second place in the Southwest Division behind the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks got 28 points and 14 rebounds from their leader Dirk Nowitzki in the game one win.
Dallas has now won 50+ games the past four seasons. The three years before this, the Mavericks won 51, 50 and 55 games respectively. This season, Dallas won 57. The Mavericks finished the regular season ranked 11th in the NBA, scoring just over 100 points per game.
Lakers/Mavericks Pick and Prediction:
This should be an excellent game. We know the back-to-back NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers will not go down easy. Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in all of the NBA. He will bounce back strong and be hungry for a win. The Lakers come into the game -7 in this game. We are betting the Dallas Mavericks +7, because we do not feel they will get beat by alot. This game will be close. We are betting Dallas +7.
Our pick: Dallas Mavericks +7 over Los Angeles Lakers. Bet the Mavericks at Iasbet.
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