The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers had one of the best ring ceremonies in recent memory on Tuesday night to open their season. Unfortunately, they did not follow it up with a strong performance against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers’ offense looked off almost all night and LeBron James didn’t even play 30 minutes. Frank Vogel said LeBron would be monitored and play in shorter bursts. We’ve got to assume coming off a loss that James will be unleashed in the national spotlight on Christmas.
Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers, 8:00 p.m. ET
ATS Pick: Lakers -6.5
The Lakers fought back against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday to close a sizeable deficit and will host a Mavericks team that’s led by one of the most dynamic offensive players in the league. Dallas has typically been pretty competitive against Los Angeles but only faced the reigning champs with Kristaps Porzingis, who is out and recovering from a meniscus tear. Anthony Davis is far too much for Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell to handle, so the Lakers should cover the spread by a significant margin.
Player Prop: LeBron James to record Triple-Double (+500)
I’m going to chase something that I’ve been chasing since the 2020 NBA Finals — The LeBron James Triple-Double prop. There are some other spots I like for LeBron in terms of props. His assist number is 7.5 at -107 and his point total is set at 23.5 at +100. But if you want more juice, just go with LeBron to record a triple-double. This will either happen or blow up in our faces. I don’t think it’ll be like the Finals when LeBron was missing trips by 1 rebound or 1 assist. The Mavericks are an easy matchup and the Lakers need a win after the bad showing on opening night.
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