by Greg Dempson
The Lakers home and road woes will continue tonight at American Airlines Arena when the Mavericks host arguably the worst team in the NBA. Los Angeles has lost seven in a row, (0-6-1 ATS,) as well as going 4-18 straight up in their last 22 games. Larry Nance Jr. suffered a sprained right wrist in Sunday’s loss to the Pelicans and most likely will be out this evening.
In their most recent road contests they lost by 36 at Phoenix and by 17 at Oklahoma City. They traded away their top scorer, Lou Williams and in their last four loses Nick Young went 9 of 37 when attempting 3’s.
As for Dallas, they are one of numerous teams that are attempting to make the playoffs as an eighth seed. Since starting the season at 4-17 straight up they are above .500 at 22-19. Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry have certain added spark to their line-up and Dallas is led by their top scorer, Harrison Barnes who is averaging just over 20 points per game plus veteran forward Dirk Nowitzki has fared better of late.
· In the second half of the season, this season, the Mavericks are 7-0 ATS this season at home when facing a team with a straight up losing record.
· The Lakers lost in their last trip to Dallas, (122-73,) which was LA’s worst loss in franchise history.
· Dallas has covered the last three by 12 or more points and are on a 7-3 ATS streak vs. the Lakers.
· This season the Lakers are -12.30-units vs. teams who make six or more 3 point shots per game.
· In the second half of the season the Mavericks are 10-01 ATS in home games vs. teams that force 14 or less turnovers per game this season.
· The Lakers are 07-18-01 ATS in their last 26 games playing on one day’s rest.
· The Mavericks are 15-05 ATS 5-5 in home games vs. poor foul drawing teams that attempt 24 or less free throws per game this season.
· Dallas is 9-0 ATS in home games vs. poor teams that are outscored by their opponents by 3+ points per game winning by an average or more than 20 points per game.
Every Edge in Review
· I lost my last selection in the NBA an my pro and College record is 5-8 ATS.