Thursday, December 29, 2016
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The Dallas Mavericks travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, December 29, 2016. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 4.5 point favorites and the total is set at 203.5. The Mavericks come into this game with an overall record of 9-23. They are 5th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -5.9 as they are averaging 94.8 points per game while giving up 100.7 per contest. The Lakers have an overall record of 12-23. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 104.4 points per game and surrendering 110.3, good for a point differential of -5.9.
Harrison Barnes comes into this contest averaging 20.4 points per game while playing 36.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Mavericks. He pulls down 5.5 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 47% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. J.J. Barea averages 14.5 points per game in 29.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 5.2 assists per contest and 3.2 rebounds per game for Dallas. His field goal percentage is 41% for the year while his free throw percentage is 96%.
Jordan Clarkson averages 14.3 points per game while playing 28.2 minutes per contest this year for the Lakers. He grabs 3 rebounds per game and has 2.3 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Julius Randle averages 13.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.9 minutes per contest. He also averages 8.7 rebounds per contest and 3.5 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is 69%.
Dallas averages 94.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 30th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -5.9 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team which has them ranked 29th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 44.5 rebounds per game and 19.4 assists per game which ranks them 30th and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 4th with 12.2 per game. The Mavericks allow 100.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 6th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 41% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 30th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.7 rebounds a game which ranks 15th and they give up 21 assists per contest which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 15.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 5th in the league.
Los Angeles averages 104.4 points per game this year which ranks them 17th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -5.9 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 20th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 19th in the NBA. They average 52.3 rebounds per game and 20.6 assists per contest which ranks them 16th and 24th respectively. In the turnover department the Lakers rank 25th with 16 per game. The Lakers allow 110.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 30th and 23rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.1 rebounds a game which ranks 16th and they give up 25.6 assists per contest which puts them in 30th place in the league. The Lakers force 14.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 15th in the NBA.
The Mavericks have an offensive rating of 103.3 and a defensive rating of 109.7. In terms of pace they average 91.2 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 37% of their shots. Dallas turns the ball over an average of 11.9 times per 100 possessions and they force 15.2 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%.
The Lakers rating on offense is 106.1 and they have a defensive rating of 112.1. They get 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Los Angeles turns the ball over on 14.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 12.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 54%.
Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks are 14-18-0 against the spread
The Dallas Mavericks are 15-17-0 against the over/under
Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 16-18-1 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 20-14-1 against the over/under
Dallas Mavericks Injuries
12/26/16 PG Jose Juan Barea Achilles expected to miss 1-2 weeks
Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
12/20/16 F Larry Nance Jr. Knee expected to miss 4 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles -4.5
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