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Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks
5:30 PM Pacific time / 8:30 PM Eastern Time
American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Local: TWC Sportsnet, TWC Deportes (Los Angeles), Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas) National: NBA League Pass
Line: Los Angeles Lakers +9.5
Los Angeles Lakers: 3-9, 14th in the Western Conference
Dallas Mavericks: 8-3, 3rd in the Western Conference
Record vs. each other (2013-14 season): Lakers were 0-3 versus the Mavs last season.
Out: Steve Nash (back), Julius Randle (leg), Wayne Ellington (personal), Ryan Kelly (Hamstring)
Out: Devin Harris (leg), Ray Felton (suspension)
Probable: Dirk Nowitzki (ankle)
*injury updates via Rotoworld.com
- The Lakers are riding high following their two straight wins on the road against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and depleted Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
- During this current 2 game winning streak Jordan Hill is averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Carlos Boozer is averaging 16 points and 11.5 rebounds.
- Nick Young has been instrumental in each of the two back-to-back wins which coincide with this return to action. Young is averaging 16.5 points and shooting 48 percent from the field in his 2 games.
- Kobe Bryant continues to lead the entire NBA in scoring at 27.5 points per game and has a healthy lead on the next closest which is Lebron James at 25.9.
- The Lakers last won 3 games in a row last November (2013) when they beat the Pistons, Warriors and Kings at home.
- The last time the Lakers won 3 games in row on the road was on 2/5/13 when they defeated the Brooklyn Nets which was preceded by win over the Pistons and Timberwolves.
- The Dallas Mavericks come in tied for the league longest current winning streak at 5.
- The Mavs have been an offensive machine thus far this season; they come in leading the NBA in points per game at 108.9, offensive efficiency rating at 114.9 and point differential at 10.4. The Mavs also rank 2nd in the NBA in team field goal percentage at 48.6 percent and 5th in assists at 23.9 per game.
- The Mavs, much like the Lakers, do not turn the ball over much: they rank 3rd in the league at fewest turnovers per game at 11.1 (Lakers rank 5th fewest at 12.8 per game) and 1st in turnover ratio at 2.16.
- Monte Ellis leads the Mavs in scoring at 19.7 points per game, followed by Dirk Nowitzki at 19.1 and 1st year Maverick Chandler Parsons who averages 14 points per game.
- The Lakers have been at the bottom of the league of almost every defensive category but they do a few things well as a team: Lakers rank 1st in offensive rebounds at 13.3 per game, 3rd in the NBA at getting the free throw line (29 FTA per game), tied for 5th in fewest turnovers per game at 12.8 and 2nd in second change points at 16.6.