Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lakers v. Mavericks ESPN Picks

The Olympic odds are red hot for Olympic figure skating and hockey as the USA is ready to take on Switzerland and the Canada-Russia game will have the Great White North glued to their televisions.

It's the Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks with ESPN odds having the Mavericks (-1.5) – 9:00 p.m. ET. Super hot ScoresOddsPicks has a premium pick winner on that game.

The Lakers (43-14, 25-31-2 ATS) had been without Kobe Bryant (ankle) for five straight games but they still managed a 4-1 run biting the books like a woodlouse spider. They weren't quite as good against the spread in that stretch, though, going 3-2. Kobe returned to the Los Angeles lineup last night against the Grizzlies and delivered in dramatic fashion; he scored 32 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 4.3 seconds left. It wasn't enough to cover for NBA betting fans, though. Los Angeles has been great on the road, going 6-3-1 ATS in its last 10 games away from home.

Dallas (36-21, 23-34 ATS) has collected four consecutive victories straight up. Results were mixed against NBA odds, with a 2-2 record against the spread; the Mavericks haven't been very good at all over their past 10 games ATS (3-7). With Josh Howard gone, though, perhaps the team can move on from all the distractions and just play good basketball. Unfortunately, the Mavs have played horrendous basketball at home; Dallas is 1-9 against the point spread in its past 10 games at American Airlines Center.

Los Angeles has owned this series straight up, winning eight of 10, but it's been another story on NBA lines. The Mavericks hold a slight 5-4-1 edge against the spread in their last 10 games against L.A. The Lakers have won two straight, though, and with Kobe back and in fine form, bet on Los Angeles to keep rolling on the road.

Bet sports picks: Los Angeles Lakers


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