Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks, 1/7/19 NBA Predictions & Odds

Hope Soto
January 9, 2019

Young gun Kyle Kuzma meanwhile suffered a back contusion, and is on the shelf as well.

Ball's numbers have actually decreased in his sophomore season, and he is now posting a line of 9.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, five assists, and 1.4 steals per game.

James has been out since suffering a strained left groin on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors. No other Mavs player had more than 11 points, with Dennis Smith Jr., J.J. Barea and Harrison Barnes all hitting that mark.

However, despite a tight playoff race in the Western Conference and the urgency to win now, the Lakers are doing the smart thing by not rushing James' return to the court, as Trevor Lane explains on the latest LN News Feed.

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"So, it's not just them but until we get healthy again, you got to play in this league with some passion and fire". "I was frustrated the last three or four games with myself for how I played because I didn't give this team energy and I didn't give them a spark". Kuzma is putting up 18.3 points per game this season while Brandon Ingram is adding 16.1 points per contest. He had five rebounds, one assist and two blocks. "We've had moments in most of these games on the road where we could have won".

Where Los Angeles really missed James prior to Sunday's loss was in the fourth quarter.

Wolves update: The Wolves will take the floor for a third straight game without Robert Covington, whose ailing right knee will keep him out indefinitely.

The Los Angeles Lakers season is basically writing itself at this point in the season. During the six-game stretch he's shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from beyond the arc with more turnovers (21) than assists (20) and almost as many shots (102) as points (111). Dallas has been a tough team to figure out, but what we do know is that the Mavericks are tremendous at home.

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