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Handicapper Matt McCuen is here with his top NBA bet for Tuesday night. He has his eyes set on the Los Angeles Lakers as they are set to take on the Dallas Mavericks.
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Tuesday's NBA Best Bet: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks

We have been on a nice run the last couple of weeks in the NBA, and I am back with my best bet for the NBA tonight. We are coming off a reasonably sweat-free winner last night as the Indiana Pacers team total under was a nice easy win. We will look to parlay that momentum into tonight as we have a solid NBA slate to dive into. The game I am looking at will be a late-night TNT battle as the Dallas Mavericks will travel to the Bitcoin Area to take on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lakers vs. Mavericks Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

When: 10:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: TNT

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Lakers vs. Mavericks Prediction

The Maverick are fresh off a huge comeback win over one of the best teams in the West in the Golden State Warriors. The Mavericks will be a playoff team, and they are trying to find some flow with their new-look roster. The Mavericks made a move at the deadline to deal former all-star big man Kristaps Porzingis in exchange for guard Spencer Dinwiddie and sharpshooter Davis Bertans. The Mavericks have been playing good basketball since the trade and will look to keep that up tonight against this Laker's bunch.

The Lakers are in the middle of one of their worst stretches of the season. This is a fascinating story as this Lakers team was slated to be one of the best teams in all of the NBA and expected to compete to win the western conference. The current reality for the Lakers is that they are now battling for a playoff spot. If the season ended today, the Lakers would be a number nine seed in the West, which is pretty crazy considering their pre-season expectations. The addition of Russell Westbrook was set to help them win a championship, and now it is looking like one of the worst trades in the NBA. Westbrook has struggled to blend with Lebron James, and this team just looks disinterested at the moment. All-star big man Anthony Davis has been absent from the lineup for a good part of the season, and even when he has been active, the Lakers have struggled. The last game they played in might have been their most embarrassing of the season. The Lakers got blown out on their home court by the Pelicans turning the ball over twenty-three times along the way. There were videos of the Lakers players yelling at fans during the game as well, and it was just an ugly scene overall. The Lakers will need to bounce back tonight at home vs. the Mavericks. 

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The play I am going with in tonight's game is going to be to back the Lakers with the points. I know what a lot of people may be thinking here; how can you back the Lakers after what you saw Sunday night and what you have seen this season? It is a fair question for sure but let me explain. This is the perfect buy-low spot on the Lakers tonight. The Lakers have struggled for the vast majority of the season, but their last two losses have really had fans and players upset.

This is a spot tonight where I think we can get great value on the Lakers and that they will be well motivated to silence their critics tonight. I also think the Mavericks are being a bit overvalued in this spot tonight on the road. The Mavs are coming off a good road win over the Warrior, but this is still not a great team in my eyes. I think the Lakers will be able to match up pretty well across the board tonight. I like the value on the Lakers money line, but I will take the points and run here tonight. After this game, I will either be the smartest man on the planet or the dumbest.

Lakers vs. Mavericks Pick

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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