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Bet on the NBAIn one of the biggest NBA games of the week, the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Dallas Mavericks. Los Angeles currently boasts the second best record in the NBA Western Conference, while the Mavericks are just behind in third place. Both teams have an outside chance of catching the San Antonio Spurs for the first seed in the West, so tonight's game is vitally important to the upcoming playoffs.

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These two teams have been chasing each other all season for the No. 2 spot in the West, with the Lakers just ahead of the Mavericks. This is mainly due to the brilliant performance of this Los Angeles team, which has gone 15-1 since the All-Star Break. The Lakers have a 53-20 record, while the Mavericks are 53-21. Tonight's game is must-win for both

The Lakers have been strong at home this season, going 28-8, and they will need that advantage tonight. The sportsbook lists Kobe Bryant and crew as the -6.5 favorites to win, with the total set at 191. If the game is as fierce and competitive as it should be, the Mavericks have a good chance of pulling out a victory, or at least keeping the game close, especially as they have the best road record in the league.

The Lakers are coming into this game on an eight-game winning streak overall, as well as nine straight wins at the Staples Center since breaking for All-Star Weekend. The season series is tied at one game apiece going into tonight, with the Mavericks winning the first 109-100 on January 19, and the Lakers winning the March 12 contest 96-91

Los Angeles is coming off of a 102-84 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday, and have had most of this week to rest. That could affect them with some early game rust, or they may come out of the gate with guns blazing. Dallas is coming off of a game against the LA Clippers on Wednesday night, winning 106-100. Will they be rested enough for this more difficult LA challenge?

 

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