March Madness betting players never got a chance to watch Kobe Bryant in the NCAA Tournament, as he was supposed to go to Duke, but went to the NBA instead. Bryant has been on a roll lately, and he’ll lead his Los Angeles Lakers into battle on Sunday afternoon, when they host the Dallas Mavericks.
Mavericks vs Lakers odds – Sunday, March 15, 3:30 PM ET
The Mavericks had won three straight ahead of Friday’s trip to Golden State, and they are 4-1 since owner Mark Cuban threatened to make changes after a lackluster loss to lowly Oklahoma City. Dirk Nowitzki appears to have gotten the message, putting up 29.6 points and 10.2 boards in his last five outings, and it’s good to see a team’s star player leading by example instead of sulking. If the Mavericks keep playing like this, they could be a tough first-round out to NBA betting players.
Speaking of being hot lately, Bryant is keeping his name in the race for the MVP award, and he would love nothing more (except an NBA title) than to win back-to-back MVPs. Bryant has averaged 33.2 points in his last five games, which has resulted in a 4-1 record for the Lakers. But this could end up hurting the Lakers’ NBA betting chances, as they need to make sure Pau Gasol is staying involved in the offense. If he’s productive, that opens up the floor for Bryant, who doesn’t need that much room to begin with.
The Lakers should be the NBA betting favorites at home on Sunday, as they are an outstanding 29-4 at the Staples Center. Los Angeles won back-to-back games in Houston and San Antonio in midweek action, and after a couple days of, they should be well-rested to take on the Mavericks, who have lost five of their last six trips to Tinseltown. It’s a nationally-televised game, so you know Bryant will have his “A” game. Bet on the Lakers in your sportsbook on Sunday.
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