3 Best Prop Bets for Mavericks vs Lakers on Jan. 12 (Luka Lights Up LeBron & Co.)

Tyler Maher
Mavericks vs Lakers prop bets for Thursday's NBA game on Jan. 12, 2023.
Mavericks vs Lakers prop bets for Thursday's NBA game on Jan. 12, 2023. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Thursday's NBA slate features a marquee matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavericks are currently listed as slight road favorites in this Western Conference showdown, as FanDuel Sportsbook favors them by 2.5 points.

Here are three of the best prop bets for this Mavericks-Lakers game, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds.

Mavericks vs Lakers Player Props

1. Luka Doncic - Points: Over 34.5 (-113)

Doncic's been on a scoring rampage all season, leading the NBA with 34.2 points per game. He's somehow managed to elevate his game over the past few weeks, averaging an absurd 40.8 points per game over his last nine contests. Now he gets to take aim at a porous Lakers defense that's giving up the fourth-most points per game in the NBA this year and ranks 22nd in defensive rating. Look for Doncic to post another monster stat line at LA's expense.

2. LeBron James - Points: Over 32.5 (-113)

While not quite as impressive as Doncic's binge, James has been on an epic hot streak himself over the last month. In his last 13 games, James is averaging a cool 33.9 points, topping 30 in 11 of those contests and stepping up with Anthony Davis sidelined. His last four games have been even more prolific with an average of 38.0 points per game, so the 38-year-old is only getting hotter. James torched Dallas for 38 points on Christmas Day and shouldn't have too much trouble posting a similar total against a defense that ranks 23rd in defensive rating.

3. LeBron James - Assists: Over 6.5 (+108)

James' passing ability is nearly as stellar as his scoring ability, as he's always been supremely gifted at finding open teammates. That hasn't waned this year despite his subpar supporting cast, as he's still averaging a rock-solid 6.7 dimes per game. He's exceeded that number in three of his past four games despite averaging 38.0 points per game during that stretch as well, showcasing his ability to be an elite scorer and distributor. The plus odds on this make it a nice value play as well.

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