Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers Game 2 Expert Picks, Odds and Predictions – NBA Playoffs Betting Preview 5/4/11: All-star forward Dirk Nowitzki will try and steal another victory as his Dallas Mavericks remain in Los Angeles to take on shooting guard Kobe Bryant and the rollercoaster Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at 10:35 PM ET on TNT Sports. The Lakers lost home court advantage on Monday night in a meltdown more likely seen from a young first time team like the Grizzlies than a grizzled 2 time defending NBA Champion team. The Mavericks overcame the odds to pull out a 96-94 win and lead 1-0 in the series on the road.
“We gave it away,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said before abruptly walking away from a news conference, a rarity for someone who enjoys the spotlight. The Lakers like most Champions pride themselves on defense, usually. The champs gave up nearly 57% shooting from the floor in the second half on the way to blowing a 16 point lead. Dirk scored 11 in the fourth quarter while the Lakers were taking bad shots. The odds makers at BetUS have the Los Angeles Lakers a -7 point favorite at home against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs were led by Nowitzki with 28 points along with pulling down 14 rebounds and dishing 3 assists but he wasn’t alone as 4 others reached double figures. Jason Terry came off the bench to chip in 15 points, 3 boards and 4 assists while Peja Stojakovic also added 10 points as a reserve. Center Tyson Chandler scored 11 points and grabbed 9 boards and forward Shawn Marion pitched in 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to balance the Mavs offensive attack. Vegas odds makers have the over/under for the total score at 187 points combined of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
The Lakers looked like they were on cruise control with another game one win assuring Coach Jackson they would win the series as have all his teams when winning game one at home. Kobe scored 36(21 in the 2nd period) but fumbled a pass and missed a shot at the end. Big Pau Gasol had a good game with 15 points to go along with 11 boards and 7 assists and Lamar Odom added 15 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench. The Lakers and specefically Kobe will be angry tonight. Vegas odds makers have the Los Angeles Lakers +250 to win the 2010-2011 NBA Championship.
I predict the Lakers win and cover at home in a game 2 blowout.
Free Pick: Los Angeles Lakers -7
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|GAME 2 Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers
Time: 10:35 PM EST on TNT
2011 NBA 2nd Round Playoffs Series: Mavericks lead 1-0
Vegas Odds –
Favorite: LA Lakers -7(pointspread) Total: Over/Under 186.5
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