Dallas Mavericks vs. L.A. Lakers - 1/7/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Luke Walton may have a fallback nearby in the event that he is shown the door by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif.

James ranks 5th in the National Basketball Association in scoring with 27.3 points a game and is also averaging 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists a game.

Since the injury to LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers have fallen down in the Western Conference standings.

American Airlines Center looked to be a cure-all as Dallas took a 48-33 lead and carried a 67-54 advantage into halftime, but the Lakers swarmed the Mavericks defensively while outscoring them 32-13 in the third quarter.

However, it seems that Rondo is making significant progress, as he was seen doing some passing drills before the Lakers play the Detroit Pistons.

The Lakers made a concerted effort to hold onto Ingram over the offseason instead of trading him for an established star like Kawhi Leonard.

The Lakers are putting up 112.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.

Dallas wrapped up its four-game road trip with back-to-back losses after a 106-100 setback at Philadelphia on Saturday. The Mavericks entered the day tied for the fewest home losses in the National Basketball Association. We've got to make it a dire situation.

"For us to go somewhere, we're going to have to win on the road and that's been the biggest challenge all season", Harrison Barnes told the Dallas Morning News.

A report from OnSmash.com last night suggested that the groin injury had actually transformed into a Sports hernia injury and would need at least another month of treatment before LeBron could get back onto the court. The under is 7-3 in Lakers last 10 overall.

Dallas, though, has been remarkable at home with 15 wins in 18 games.

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