LA Lakers vs. Dallas, 11/01/2019 21:30 EDT, Score: 119 - 110

Point Spread: +2/-115 Dallas

Sportsbook: Bodog

Result: Loss

8* Dallas (9:35 ET): The Lakers are 3-1, having won three in a row, all as home favorites. They actually own the league's top scoring differential right now at +11.8 per game. But it's worth mentioning that their last two wins have come against Memphis and Charlotte, who are two of the league's worst teams. Tonight also marks the Lakers' first game away from Staples Center. Remember they opened the season w/ a game against the Clippers where they were the designated "road team." The Lakers remain a very "public" team and this short number on the road absolutely STINKS. Take the points.

Dallas is also 3-1 w/ its lone defeat coming by just two points (at home vs. Portland). The Mavs were expected to improve and contend for a playoff spot this year, so the 3-1 start is a good sign. They are off arguably their most impressive win to date, a 109-106 upset of Denver as six-point road dogs. They won that game despite their two top players - Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic combining for just 22 points on 7 of 22 shooting. But SEVEN other Mavs finished in double figures to help pick up the slack. Expect the two stars to both bounce back this evening and the dropoff from the role players shouldn't be that severe as this is a home game (reserves typically play better at home).

Anthony Davis had 40 points and 20 rebounds vs. Memphis in just three quarters of play. But again, the Grizzlies are not a formidable opponent. Davis also appeared to be bothered by a lingering shoulder issue in that game. He was 26 of 27 from the free throw line in that game, which accounted for most of his scoring. I suspect we won't be seeing him at the charity stripe that much tonight. Of course, we should probably mention LeBron James and that Kyle Kuzma is expected to make his season debut tonight. But I wouldn't expect too much from Kuzma in his first game back. I still have reservations about the Lakers defensively and James' teams had the worst ATS record in the league the L2 years. 8* Dallas

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