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NBA Game of the Day: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Lakers

Today’s Games (All times are Eastern):

 

Sunday, Apr. 15 Visitor Home Prediction
1:00 PM Miami Heat New York Knicks Knicks
3:30 PM Dallas Mavericks Los Angeles Lakers Lakers
6:00 PM Orlando Magic Cleveland Cavaliers Magic
6:00 PM Chicago Bulls Detroit Pistons Bulls
6:00 PM Portland Trail Blazers Sacramento Kings Trail Blazers
6:00 PM Boston Celtics Charlotte Bobcats Bobcats
6:00 PM Toronto Raptors Atlanta Hawks Hawks
7:00 PM Memphis Grizzlies New Orleans Hornets Hornets
8:00 PM Houston Rockets Denver Nuggets Nuggets

The Los Angeles Lakers will try to sweep their season series against the Dallas Mavericks in today’s NBA Game of the Day.  A regular-season sweep by the Lakers would not make up for the four straight losses that Los Angeles suffered to the Mavericks in last year’s Western Conference semifinals.  If the current standings in the West hold up, the Lakers (third) and Mavericks (sixth) will meet in the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

The Lakers will “most likely” be without Kobe Bryant as they go for their sixth straight regular-season victory over the Mavericks.  Bryant has missed the last four games due to inflammation in his left shin.  Los Angeles lost the first game without Bryant to the Phoenix Suns but has won the last three. The Lakers hope to extend their winning streak to four with a victory over the Mavericks in today’s potential preview of a first-round playoff series.

Since parting ways with Lamar Odom, Dallas has won three straight games.  Prior to their 110-100 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, April 10, the Mavericks were 0-7 in games without Odom.  Today’s matchup against the Lakers will be Dallas’ first of three straight against teams with winning records.  That stretch will conclude with a potentially pivotal contest against the seventh-place Houston Rockets, who trail the Mavericks by just a game and a half heading into today’s games.

Yesterday’s Results:

 

Visitor Home Prediction Result
Golden State Warriors 104 Los Angeles Clippers 112 Clippers Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers 98 Washington Wizards 89 Wizards Cavaliers
Boston Celtics 94 New Jersey Nets 82 Celtics Celtics
Oklahoma City Thunder 115 Minnesota Timberwolves 110 Thunder Thunder
Utah Jazz 98 Memphis Grizzlies 103 Grizzlies Grizzlies
Indiana Pacers 105 Milwaukee Bucks 99 Bucks Pacers
Phoenix Suns 91 San Antonio Spurs 105 Spurs Spurs

Random NBA Fan’s Record in Yesterday’s Games: 5-2
Random NBA Fan’s Record for the Season: 556-336

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