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Cash line: Mavericks +195 (bet $100 to win $195)|Lakers -250 (wager $250 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Mavericks +6.5 (-120)|Lakers +6.5 (+100) Over/Under: 227.5 (O: -110|U: -110).

Mavericks.

PF Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out.

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Lakers 116, Mavericks 113.

PASS with a minor lean towards the Mavericks (+195) since I generally like to sprinkle on underdogs’ money lines when taking them plus the points. On the other hand, it’s difficult to imagine the Lakers being up to 0-2, particularly as reigning champions using the NBA’s most significant night.

The Lakers rallied back from a 22-point first-quarter deficit to head into halftime just down two, but it wasn’t enough as the Lake Show lost 116-109 to the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday. It was an uninspired efficiency from the Lakers’ two-headed monster- SF LeBron James and PF Anthony Davis-who combined for a modest 40 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.

Dallas had a hard time to strike open jumpers-connecting on just 24.3% on 3-pointers-and were outrebounded by 11 boards in a 106-102 loss to the Phoenix Suns as a 1-point underdog Wednesday. PG Luka Doncic set up solid numbers (32 points, 8 rebounds, 5 helps) however also shot badly from deep and failed to make a 3.

The first Mavericks-Lakers video game last season was among the very best regular-season games of 2019-2020 in which Los Angeles won 119-110 in overtime as a 1-point roadway pet dog. The Lakers were 3-1 straight-up and ATS vs. the Mavericks last season.

I do not put a lot of stock into the Mavericks’ shooting difficulty vs. the Suns since they got wide-open appearances and just bricked them. Furthermore, the Clippers struck 14 3-pointers opening night vs. the Lakers and Los Angeles’ boundary defense might take an action back, a minimum of early, this season.

Above-average protective guards Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Danny Green are no longer with the Lakers. Also, we might not see Los Angeles’ championship kind till 2021, and if there is an early-season lull due to a brief turn-around for the Lakers, then don’t we like Dallas more?

GIM ME MAVERICKS +6.5 (-120) for 1 unit.

Dallas had the greatest percentage of Overs last season (49-32 O/U) and the Mavericks ought to executive offensively much better in their 2nd game versus a Lakers group that could take an action back defensively.

I like both groups to recover from a little ring rust and poor first game performances. I ‘d only WAGER OVER 227.5 (-110) for a half-unit since I choose the sides over overalls.

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