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Bet on the NBA  The Los Angeles Lakers hit the road to Dallas to take on the Mavericks this week.

The Los Angeles Lakers have won eight of their last nine games, with the ‘under’ on the NBA odds board going 7-2 in that stretch. Phil Jackson’s club begins a two-game road trip with Wednesday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, who have a 0-6 spread record in their last six contests. Los Angeles’ latest win came in Monday’s 101-94 triumph as a 4 ½-point home favorite against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Lakers led by as many as 15 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant logged team-highs of 21 points and seven assists. The 12-time All-Star added five boards and one steal. The Lakers are 10-10-1 ATS in their first 21 road games, with the ‘under’ cashing at 12-9. Bynum and Co. have put up 102.3 PPG in that span.

Sportbook lists the Lakers as the road favorites at minus 3 with the total over under at 190.5.

Dallas’ losing slide continued in Monday’s 103-89 loss to the Detroit Pistons as a 4 ½-point road favorite again. The Mavericks trailed by as many as 20 points, allowing Detroit to hit 57.5 percent of its field buckets. Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki notched a team-high 32 points, while adding five assists. The 32-year-old drained 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, while connecting on 8-of-8 free throws. Dallas’ Jason Kidd finished with a team-high 13 assists, but came up with no points for the second time in six games. The veteran guard went 0-for-7 from the field, while finishing with three turnovers. The lopsided affair’s combined 192 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 188 ½, ending a 3-0 ‘under’ streak from the Mavs’ prior three games. Dallas was edged out in rebounds, 33-31, while being outscored in the paint, 50-26. The Mavericks are 8-12-2 ATS in their first 22 home dates, with the ‘total’ splitting at 11-11. Kidd and Co. have allowed 93.4 PPG in that stretch. When betting on NBA Basketball remember: Los Angeles is 3-1 ATS in its last four trips to Dallas, with the ‘total’ an even 2-2.


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