Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers NBA Picks & Predictions 10/31/2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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The Dallas Mavericks travel to Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 6.5 point favorites.
The Mavericks head into this matchup with a mark of 2-5. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They have a point differential of -5.9 as they average 111.1 points per contest while giving up 117.0 per game. The Lakers have an overall record of 2-5 this season. They are 4th in the Pacific Division. They average 122.0 points per game and surrender 122.3, good for a point differential of -0.3.
Valuable Dallas Mavericks Betting Trends
The Dallas Mavericks are 3-3-0 against the spread
The Dallas Mavericks are 4-2-0 against the over/under
Important Los Angeles Lakers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Lakers are 2-4-0 against the spread
The Los Angeles Lakers are 5-1-0 against the over/under
Key Dallas Mavericks Injuries
10/30/18 PG Devin Harris Hamstring is questionable Wednesday vs LA Lakers
10/12/18 F Dirk Nowitzki Foot is out indefinitely
Key Los Angeles Lakers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Wesley Matthews comes into this contest averaging 18.3 points per game while playing 34.7 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 40% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 82%. Luka Doncic averages 20.4 points per game in 35.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.0 assists per contest and 6.4 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 73%.
LeBron James averages 27.6 points per game while playing 36.0 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 9.1 rebounds per game and has 8.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Kyle Kuzma averages 19.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.6 rebounds per contest and 1.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Dallas averages 111.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 17th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -5.9 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team, which has them ranked 18th. Behind the arc they shoot 32% which is good for 25th in the league. They average 44.1 rebounds per game and 24.0 assists per game, which ranks them 22nd and 15th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 7th with 15.1 per game. The Mavericks allow 117.0 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 21st in the league. They also allow a 49% shooting percentage and a 47% average from behind the arc, ranking them 26th and 30th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 42.7 rebounds a game which ranks 6th and they give up 25.6 assists per contest, which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 15.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Los Angeles is 3rd in the league with 122.0 points per game this year. They are 4th in the league in shooting at 49%, while their average scoring margin is -0.3. They shoot 33% from 3-point range, which is good for 24th in the NBA. They are 16th in the league in rebounding with 45.3 boards per game, and 5th in assists per contest with 26.9. The Lakers are 17th in turnovers per game with 13.7. The Lakers surrender 122.3 points per contest, which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 24th and 23rd in those defensive statistics. They rank 17th with 24.3 assists allowed per contest and 26th with 49.0 rebounds surrendered per game. The Lakers are 21st in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 15.1 per game.
The Mavericks are 20th in the league in defensive rating with 113.9, and their offensive rating of 108.2 is ranked 22nd. They are 15th in the NBA in pace with 101.3 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 17th. As a unit they are 19th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 41% of their shot attempts, ranking 5th in the NBA. Dallas is 6th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 57%, which is 2nd in the NBA.
Los Angeles is 22nd in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 11th in the league. The Lakers are 7th in the NBA in offensive rating with 114, and their defensive rating of 114.2 is ranked 23rd. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 105.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 55% is 5th. As a team they are 11th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shots, ranking 22nd in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Los Angeles -6.5
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