Larry Ness' 10* Conference G.O.M. (20-5 TY in NBA): Larry has been 'handing out presents' (in the form of ATS winners) from the NBA's Opening Day, this past Christmas. He's 54-31-1 or 53-31-2 with all NBA releases TY, including a SPECTACULAR 20-5 (80%) with his 10* G.O.M. releases. His 'ASSAULT' on the NBA pointspread continues tonight with his latest 10* Conference G.O.M. BE THERE!
Game: Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks Mar 21 2012 9:35PM
Prediction: Dallas Mavericks
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: My 10* Western Conference Game of the Month is on the Dal Mavericks at 9:35 ET.
The Mavericks shot 53.6 percent and allowed 17 fourth-quarter points in a 112-95 win at Denver on Monday, ending a seven-game road losing streak. The Mavs had lost 96-91 at home to the Lakers on Feb 22 (right before the All Star break) and that defeat was the first of a stretch which would see the defending champs lose EIGHT of its next 10 games. However, Monday’s victory in Denver makes it FOUR consecutive wins, with the team averaging a ‘healthy’ 106.5 PPG in that span on 49.1% shooting. Dirk (20.8-6.7) has led the way, averaging 28.5 PPG during the win streak and even with Haywood (5.6-6.8) and West (8.3-3.4 APG) sidelined, Carlisle has made do. I The Mavs don’t look as if they are as good as they were by year’s end last season but this team is still very deep (something LA sure can’t say!). Marion (11.2-6.8) has missed the last two games but he’s considered probable for this one. Either way, the Mavs should be primed to “get at” the Lakers, who have beaten them twice this year (in LA and in that previously mentioned game at Dallas), after the Mavs swept the Lakers out of the Western Conference playoffs last year, in the second round. LA’s woes have been a recurring theme all season. It’s Kobe (28.7-5.6-4.7), Bynum (18.0-12.7) and Gasol (16.7-10.3) but just not enough else, all year. The acquisition of Sessions (from the Cavs), seems like a good move but LA is 1-2 since the trade. Sessions has averaged 10.3 PPG and 5.0 APG in about 24 MPG, which is a MAJOR upgrade. Fisher was averaging 5.9 PPG and 3.3 APG while shooting only 38.3% plus Blake (5.2), who has started the three games since the trade, is averaging 36.8% from the floor on the year. Goudlelock has show ‘flashes’ but has hardly been consistent while Artest (5.8-2.9) and Barnes (7.2-4.7) have both had disappointing years at the small forward spot. The Lakers enter on a two-game losing streak (had won five in a row prior to that), losing at home to the Jazz (who played without Jefferson??) and then last night 107-104 at Houston. Center Andrew Bynum picked up his second technical foul of the game with 1:10 remaining in the third quarter. "I was irritated," Lakers coach Mike Brown said of Bynum picking up the foul which led to his disqualification. LA led by six at the time of Bynum's ejection but without Bynum, the Lakers were outscored 34-25 in the fourth quarter and outrebounded 15-7. LA is now 9-15 SU (8-16 ATS) on the road this year, quite a contrast from the team’s 19-3 mark at Staples Center. Let me also note that L.A. is a MONEY-BURNING 3-8 ATS in the second of back-to-back games on the road! Mavs take this one, with “room to spare!”