20* Lakers/Mavs ESPN GAME OF THE WEEK on Los Angeles +4.5

20* Lakers/Mavs ESPN GAME OF THE WEEK on Los Angeles +4.5

LA Lakers vs. Dallas, 02/22/2012 21:30 EDT, Score: 96 - 91

Point Spread: +4½/-101 LA Lakers

Sportsbook: 5Dimes

Result: Win

The Los Angeles Lakers want revenge from getting swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs last year. While the Lakers already beat the Mavs earlier this season at home in their first meeting, there's no question that they will continue to want payback tonight.

Knowing the nature of Kobe Bryant, he's going to hold that against the Mavs until the end of his career. Every time he plays Dallas, he's going to remember getting swept in 2011. Behind a motivated effort, I look for the Lakers to win this game outright.

L.A. played arguably their best game of the season in a 103-92 victory over Portland last time out. They moved the ball great on offense, and held the Blazers to just 30 points in the first half before letting off the gas after intermission. The team held a players' only meeting after that win, which should only bring the Lakers closer together.

The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Mavericks are 4-13 ATS in their last 17 games after allowing less than 75 points in their previous game. The road team is 13-6-1 ATS in the last 20 meetings. Bet the Lakers Wednesday.

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