The Mavericks and Lakers will play on ABC tonight and this will be their third head to head matchup this season. The Mavericks won the first two games in the series but they were both very competitive games with final scores of 104-101 and 127-125. Luka Doncic is questionable for the Mavs in this one and that's a key factor to watch for as we get closer to game time. Let's get into our Mavericks vs Lakers Pick - NBA Picks 1/17/24.
Dallas Mavericks: The Mavericks, with a record of 24-17, have been showcasing impressive offensive skills, averaging 118.7 points per game, which ranks them 7th in the league. They excel from the perimeter, which could be crucial against the Lakers' defense. A key factor is the status of Luka Doncic; his presence significantly boosts the Mavericks' offense. In his absence, players like Kyrie Irving have stepped up, as seen in his 42-point performance against the Pelicans. But if Luka is out, the Lakers are the play in this game tonight.
Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers, holding a 20-21 record, are averaging 114.1 points per game. They have been efficient offensively, ranking 7th in field goal percentage at 48.7%. Key players include LeBron James, averaging 24.7 points per game, and Anthony Davis, contributing 25.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game. However, their defense has been a concern, particularly against three-point shots which the Mavs could take advantage of tonight.
The outcome heavily depends on Doncic's status. If he plays, expect a closer and highly competitive game.
The Lakers' key duo, James and Davis, against the Mavericks' offense will be a focal point. However, the Lakers' struggles against three-point shooting could be an advantage for Dallas.
A prediction leans towards the Mavericks, especially considering their offensive prowess and the Lakers' defensive vulnerabilities.
Let's assume Luka plays tonight, Mavs keep it close but Lakers win.
Lakers 117 Mavericks 114