Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks will host LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (30-7) on Friday. King Jams is considered probable for the game as confirmed by Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports. LeBron was limited at practice Thursday. He played through an illness Tuesday night against the New York Knicks and finished the game with 31 points in his 31 minutes on the floor.
Dallas and LA will miss their top big men on Friday. Kristaps Porzingis has already been ruled out and Anthony Davis is questionable for the game.
The Mavericks have a 23-14 record (19-17-1 against the spread) and own the 6th place of the Western Conference. The team has lost two of their last three games and in their last home game, they lost to the Denver Nuggets with a 106-107 score, not beating the odds. Dallas is led in scoring by Luka Doncic and he is the third-best in the NBA. Doncic also leads Dallas in rebounding with 9.7 and in assists made with 9, which is also the third-best in the league.
The Lakers have a 30-7 record (19-17-1 against the spread) and dominate their conference. The team enjoys a six-game winning streak. They won the last home game against the New York Knicks with a 117-87 result, beating the odds. Anthony Davis leads the team in points with 27.1 ppg, and he has a team-high 9.4 rebounds per game. LeBron comes right after him with 25.1 ppg, 7.8 rebounds and a league-best 10.8 assists per game.
Los Angeles leads Dallas 2-1 wins at this point in the regular season. They have won the previous game in Dallas with a 110-119 score in overtime. Dallas is 11-9 at home, and LeBron’s team is 15-3 on the road. Dallas is better on offense (116.4 to 112.9 ppg), and the Lakers have a better defense (104.9 to 109.2 ppg). The Lakers have a better field goal percentage (48.2% to 46.2%), but the Mavericks have a better 3-point percentage (36.5% to 35.6%). LeBron and his team are better in assists made (26.1 to 24.6), and Dallas is better both in rebounding (47.4 to 45.4) and in turnovers committed (13.1 to 15.2).