Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 4/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+2.5)
The Dallas Mavericks (30-26) host the Los Angeles Lakers (35-23) at American Airlines Center on Thursday. Los Angeles opens this contest as 2.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 229.
The Los Angeles Lakers played the Utah Jazz and took a loss by a score of 111-97 in their last game. Los Angeles walked away from the contest with a 43.0% field goal percentage (34 of 79) and made 12 out of their 28 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Lakers buried 17 of 25 tries for a rate of 68.0%. When talking about grabbing boards, they collected 32 with 5 of them being offensive. They also doled out 17 assists in this matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 17 turnovers and having 10 steals. When discussing defense, Los Angeles allowed the other team to shoot 57.3% from the floor on 43 of 75 shooting. Utah doled out 29 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Utah totaled 42 rebounds (2 offensive, 40 defensive) and got 1 block. Utah finished the game at 90.9% at the free throw line by converting 10 of 11 tries. They also converted 15 out of their 33 shots from distance.
Kyle Kuzma is one guy who played a role in the game. He ended up walking away with 17 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He played for 29:03 mins and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Kuzma finished the game at 61.5% from the floor and earned 3 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Lakers was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He didn't pull down a rebound in his 29:03 min on the court. He finished shooting 62.5% from the floor in the matchup by going 5-of-8 (15 points). In all, Caldwell-Pope had no assists.
Los Angeles enters this game with a mark of 35-23 on the year. They are giving up possession 15.5 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.9 fouls per game. As a unit, Los Angeles is collecting 44.6 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,421 dimes for the year, which is 16th in the league in terms of passing. The Lakers are hitting 35.7% from downtown (647 of 1,813) and 74.6% from the free throw line. They average 109.9 points per outing (23rd in basketball) while connecting on 47.4% from the field. When they are on defense, the Lakers are able to force 15.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.3 fouls. They surrender 34.8% on 3-pointers while they are 2nd in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (106.1). The Lakers defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.6% (892 of 1,238) and they concede 42.1 boards per game as a squad. They rank 17th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,438 surrendered so far this year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Dallas Mavericks took a defeat with a final score of 121-107 against the Sacramento Kings. The Mavericks were able to collect 32 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 42 for the contest. They turned it over 14 times, while recording 3 steals for this game. The Kings were called for 19 personal fouls in this game which took the Mavericks to the charity stripe for a total of 20 shots. They were able to bury 13 of the free throws for a rate of 65.0%. With respect to shooting from 3-point land, Dallas converted 16 of 48 tries (33.3%). When the game finished, the Mavericks went 39 out of 87 from the floor which had them at 44.8%. The Mavericks permitted the Kings to make 44 out of their 89 tries from the field which left them shooting 49.4% for this game. They finished 45.8% from downtown by going 11 out of 24 and ended up going 22 out of 25 at the free throw line (88.0%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Dallas allowed Sacramento to grab 42 in all (10 offensive).
Luka Doncic ended up being a factor for the Mavericks in this game. He buried 14 of 27 in the matchup for a rate of 51.9%, and had 8 rebounds. Doncic recorded 37 points in his 35:50 mins of playing time and tallied 4 assists in the game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Dallas was Dorian Finney-Smith. He left the arena with 1 assist in 35:24 mins on the court, and he converted 8 of 11 from the floor. Finney-Smith finished going 72.7% from the floor and also earning 22 points and 4 boards.
Dallas has a mark of 30-26 so far this season. As an offensive unit, the Mavericks are hitting on 46.7% from the field, which ranks 15th in the league. Dallas has accounted for 6,230 pts for the season (111.3 per game) and they pull in 43.6 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 22.3 times per game (26th in the league) and they turn the ball over 12.1 times per game. The Mavericks have committed 19.5 fouls per game and they hit 77.6% from the charity stripe. The Mavericks on the defensive end are ranked 8th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 110.0. The Dallas defense concedes 36.6% on 3-point shots (733 of 2,005) and their opponents are knocking down 76.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 22.3 dimes and 44.4 boards per contest, which has them ranked 3rd and 17th in the NBA. They are forcing 12.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (8th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (-2.5)
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