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.
|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