NBA Picks for March 31st 2011: Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The Dallas Mavericks must win this game if they want to catch the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. While this is a back-to-back situation for them, it’s not a big deal at all. That’s because they played and beat the Los Angeles Clippers last night, and this game will also be played in the Staples Center in L.A. so there is no travel time for the Mavericks. I like Dallas to give the Lakers a run for their money here.
While the Lakers have been the best team since the All-Star Break, they are not overvalued because of it. That has been evident in recent games as the Lakers are just 1-4 ATS in their last five contests overall as they continue to be huge favorites night in and night out. The Mavs are 5-0 SU & 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Dallas owns the league’s best road record at 27-10 SU & 24-13 ATS. The Lakers are 1-9 ATS after having won 15 or more of their last 20 games this season. The road team is 10-3-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings, and the Mavs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings in L.A. Roll with Dallas Thursday.