Mavericks vs Lakers Prediction & Player Prop of the Game: Luka vs LeBron

By | January 12, 2023

Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks travel to the City of Angels to take on the LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in a Western Conference clash on TNT tonight in the NBA.

Here is my analysis, a Game Prediction and my favorite Player Prop of the Game!

Let’s dive in…


LeBron is Back

The King is expected to suit up tonight after sitting out last game with injury management on his sore ankle.

He’s back tonight and will look to continue his fantastic play this season.

Look at what he has been doing so far, at the ripe age of 38.

He just keeps on setting the bar higher and higher for himself and at this point, all you can do is sit back and enjoy watching it.

In this matchup with the Mavericks tonight, he will look to carry the team yet again, just like he did against the Mavs on Christmas Day, when he dropped 38.

While I could see a similar performance again tonight, Luka and the Mavs will come out ready to roll tonight.

Speaking of the Mavs…

Luka is Locked In

In what should be a battle of the two superstars, Luka Dončić will surely want to put his stamp on this game against LeBron.

Luka has been on absolute fire, as you can see here.

He is quite literally carrying the Mavericks game in and game out and I expect more of the same tonight.

The Mavericks have won 7 of their last 10 but have dropped 2 straight games to the Thunder and the Clippers so will want to grab big Western Conference win tonight to get moving back in the right direction.

In what should be a fun one, will Luka and the Mavs play spoiler or will LeBron and the Lake Show grab a big win at home?


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Spread

  • Mavericks -3.5 (-110)
  • Lakers +3.5 (-110)

Moneyline

  • Mavericks (-156)
  • Lakers (+132)

Total

  • Over 235.5 (-110)
  • under 235.5 (-110)

Prediction

With LeBron back in the lineup tonight, this one will be tight. But the Mavericks are the overall better team here.

It took LeBron dropping 38 on Christmas for the Lakers to stay within striking distance and they still lost by 9 points.

While I expect a similar performance from the king tonight, Luka will be just as good and the supporting cast around him in Christian Wood and Spencer Dinwiddie will carry the load as well to push the Mavs over the finish line and cover the short spread.

May 8, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game four of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Best Bet

Mavericks -3.5 (-110)

Consensus Pick

Lakers +3.5 (-110)


Player Prop of the Game

Luka Dončić o34.5 Points (-110)

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As for Luka, I love the value we are getting on Luka tonight and using the BetAlytics data, he is a slam dunk for me.

As you can see, Luka is projected to score 41 points, and his implied Line on BA for o34.5 is -154. That’s a 7% differential and an A rating!

Besides the BetAlytics data, I love just the recent trends as well.

Luka has 35+ in 5 of his last 7 games and just dropped 43 on the Clippers 2 nights ago.

I love Luka tonight to carry the Mavs and have yet another big night!

Bonus

Luka 40+ points (+220)


Enjoy this game and all the other NBA games tonight!

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