Lakers vs. Mavericks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 12 (Dallas' Road Woes Continue at Arena)

Devon Platana
Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Lakers vs. Mavericks Game Info

  • Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Arena -- Los Angeles, California
  • Coverage: TNT and SportsNet LA

The Los Angeles Lakers (19-22) attempt to inch closer to the .500 mark when they face the Dallas Mavericks (23-19) at Arena tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

The Lakers hope to bounce back tonight after Monday's 122-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets ended Los Angeles' winning streak at five games. On the other hand, the Mavericks also look to add to their own win column after losing three of their last four games, including a 113-101 loss to the LA Clippers two nights ago.

Can the Lakers prove that their loss to the Nuggets was a fluke? Or will the Mavericks find a way to beat Los Angeles for the second time this season?

Lakers vs. Mavericks Odds & Spread

Mavericks vs Lakers Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Mavericks -3 - - 233.5 -110 -110 -146 124
  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: DAL: (-146) | LAL: (+124)
  • Spread: DAL: -3 (-110) | LAL: +3 (-110)
  • Total: 235.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Mavericks enter this contest as slim road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 10 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 235.5 points, which is currently Thursday's highest total.

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Lakers vs. Mavericks Betting Trends

  • The Mavericks have registered a 15-26-1 record against the spread this season.
  • So far this year, the Lakers have been installed as underdogs by a 3-point margin or more 24 times and are 7-15-2 ATS in those matchups.
  • This season, Mavericks games have hit the over 24 times out of 40 chances.
  • The Lakers have eclipsed the over/under 57.5% of the time this season (23 of 40 games with a set point total).
  • Dallas has done a better job covering the spread at home (9-12-1) than it has in road tilts (6-14-0).
  • Los Angeles' winning percentage against the spread at home is .500 (9-8-1). On the road, it is .409 (9-12-1).

Lakers vs. Mavericks Prediction & Pick

Road struggles have been persistent throughout the Mavericks' season. They're 7-13 straight up on the road, where they own a minus-3.6 scoring margin — 12th-worst in the NBA. Furthermore, the Mavericks have lost the first two games of their road trip by an average margin of 11.5 points, being held to a 105.0 PPG clip in that span.

It's also important not to forget that the Lakers won five games in a row before their latest loss, averaging 125.8 PPG during the streak. And even though Los Angeles has come up short a lot this season, the Lakers are 8-3 in their last 11 games at Arena, proving to be a difficult environment for visiting teams.

Determined to return to the playoffs, look for LeBron James and the Lakers to get one step closer to their goal tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Lakers: 121 | Mavericks: 118

Lakers vs. Mavericks Best Bet

Another reason why I'm expecting a Lakers upset because the Mavericks have been awful against the spread lately. On top of being 1-5 ATS in their last six games, the Mavs are also 0-5 ATS in their last five on the road. Meanwhile, the Lakers are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six games and have covered the spread in four of their last five outings against the Southwest Division.

In other words, the best bet here is to back the Lakers as +3 underdogs.

Bet: Lakers +3 (-110)

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