Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers (prediction and betting tips December 12)

Emmanuel Ifabiyi
By Emmanuel Ifabiyi

In what is deemed back-to-back, the Dallas Mavericks, in their second game in a row, will host the newly crowned in-season tournament champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, at the American Airlines center for the second time this season. 

The inaugural in-season tournament champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, will be looking to even the season h2h against the Mavs on the road in this game. The Duo of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving went off on the Lakers when they faced off earlier this season. The Mavs, however, might be shorthanded in this game as Kyrie Irving’s injury status remains undecided as he’s down with a heel contusion. The Lakers are fresh from being the first-ever in-season tournament Champions. Will they be able to pick up things where they left them against the Mavericks and secure a dub? Find out below.

The match starts at 19:30 ET on Tuesday, 12 December 2023. The game time by GMT is 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13. The match venue is American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Lakers vs Mavs (Dec 12) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers latest odds on betting sites

The Mavericks’ moneyline odds are priced at 2.00 (100 American), while the Lakers’ moneyline odds are priced at  1.83 (-120). 


Mavericks -1.0: 1.91 (-110)

Lakers +1.0: 1.9 (-110)


Over 235.5: 1.95 (-105)

Under 235.5: 1.87 (-115)

Lakers vs Mavs last game

Despite being without Kyrie Irving, the Mavs’ last game was a convincing win against the Memphis Grizzlies. They won 120-113 at the FedEx Forum. The shorthanded Mavericks did incredibly well to frustrate Jaren Jackson’s monstrous performance and steal the win from the Grizzlies. The Mavs could not stop the Grizzlies’ big man in the paint, as he finished with 41 points.

  • Despite not being able to protect the paint as much, Luka Doncic stepped up for the Mavs on offense as he finished the game with 35 points. He also added 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks to cap off an impressive performance.
  • Jaden Hardy scored 19 points off the Dallas bench, Dante Exum finished with 16 points for the Mavericks, and Dereck Lively II contributed 16 points and 16 rebounds. With this victory, the Mavericks have now won three in a row. 

Team statistics: 43/86 (50.0%) field goals, 17/40 (42.5%) 3-pointers, 17/19 (89.5%) free throws, 27 assists, 43 total rebounds, 9 blocks, 8 steals, 6 turnovers.

Mavericks team news: Josh Green, Tim Hardaway Jr (back), Kyrie Irving (heel), Maxi Kleber (toe), and Grant Williams (knee) are ruled out for the game. Derrick Jones Jr (quad) is questionable for the game.

The Lakers were in high spirits in their last game as they claimed the first-ever in-season tournament title. They did so in a dominant win against the Indiana Pacers as they showed their quality again when it mattered. LeBron James was crowned the MVP in the in-season tournament finals, the first ever in the competition’s history.

  • The Lakers blew past the Pacers 123-109, led by Anthony Davis’ 41 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks. It was a dominant performance by the Lakers’ big man!
  • LeBron James scored 24 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and 28 points from Austin Reaves, giving the team a 52-point advantage. The Lakers finished the in-season tournament with a perfect 7-0 record.

Team statistics: 47/88 (53.4%) field goals, 2/13 (15.4%) 3-pointers, 27/35 (77.1%) free throws, 25 assists, 55 total rebounds, 5 steals, 10 blocks, 18 turnovers.

Lakers team news: Gabe Vincent (knee) is out for the game, while Jared Vanderbilt (back), LeBron James (calf), and Anthony Davis (groin/hip) are listed as questionable for the game.

Mavs vs Lakers H2H

During the regular season, the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers have played 172 games, with the Mavericks winning 56 and the Lakers winning 116. The Mavericks have defeated the Lakers in their last two meetings. The last time they faced off, the Mavs won 104-101.

Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers lineups and key players

Dallas Mavericks projected starting lineup: 

Point guard: Luka Doncic

Shooting guard: Seth Curry

Small forward: Dante Exum

Power forward: Derrick Jones Jr.

Center: Derrick Lively II

Luka Doncic has been important for the Mavs this season, as usual. He averages 32.0 ppg, 8.3 boards, and 8.5 assists per game to lead the Mavericks to a 14-8 record this season. Luka has repeatedly proven he’s an all-star in the NBA and has always shown the Mavs to their highest possible ceiling, regardless of the team around him. 

Los Angeles Lakers projected starting lineup: 

Point guard: D’Angelo Russell

Shooting guard: Taurean Prince

Small forward: Cam Reddish

Power forward: LeBron James

Center: Anthony Davis

LeBron James is doing unbelievable things in his 21st season in the NBA! Indeed, he is arguably the greatest player ever to play the game. With his 24.9 points per game, LeBron is the most important player in the Los Angeles Lakers at 38 years old. He’s coming off this game fresh, winning the MVP of the NBA in-season tournament!

Lakers vs Mavs predictions and betting tips

The Dallas Mavericks are facing a challenging situation due to several injuries and the added pressure of playing on the second night of a back-to-back schedule, making it a difficult bet to favor their victory in this match.

On the contrary, the Los Angeles Lakers enjoy having ample rest, and their recent triumph in a tournament has notably elevated their morale. Moreover, the Lakers have secured four successive wins while meeting the spread in each of these victories. Considering these circumstances, the prediction leans heavily towards a potential Lakers triumph in this encounter.

Betting prediction: Los Angeles Lakers to win Odds: 1.83 (-120).