The Dallas Mavericks host the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas afternoon in a cannot miss contest. It is just the second time in franchise history that the Mavs have played a home game on Dec. 25. It will be the third straight year of Luka Doncic playing on Christmas, but he is still searching for his first win on the holiday. Sunday’s game has a bit of extra juice for MFFLs.
The team will unveil Dirk Nowitzki’s statue outside the American Airlines Center before the game. The ceremony is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. CT and fans can watch it on Mavs.com. If you have tickets to the game, get to the arena early, so you can enjoy the ceremony from the video board inside the arena.
The Lakers have lost three straight, but the Mavericks will be shorthanded on Christmas Day. Can Luka Doncic take over and lift his team or will LeBron James steal the show? Here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more on Sunday’s game.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers odds, spread, over/under
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, the Mavs are eight-point favorites heading into Sunday’s game, and they sit at minus-340 on the moneyline. The over/under for the contest is 230.0 points.
FanDuel set Luka’s over/under at 32.5 points against the Lakers' porous defense. LeBron’s over/under is 30.5 points, and fans can get minus-150 odds for Doncic to be the top scorer in the game. FanDuel has all the prop bets supporters are looking for, so be sure to check them out.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers injury report
The Mavs will be without Maxi Kleber (hamstring), Dorian Finney-Smith (adductor), Josh Green (elbow), and Kemba Walker (knee) on Christmas Day. Jaden Hardy is listed as questionable on the NBA’s official injury report with a back injury.
Anthony Davis (foot), Juan Toscano-Anderson (ankle), Scotty Pippen Jr. (G League), and Cole Swider (G League) are out for the Lakers. LeBron James is listed as probable with an ankle injury.
Be sure to check social media just before tip-off for all the latest news and updates.
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers how to watch
Start time: 1:30 p.m. CT or 2:30 p.m. ET
TV channels: ABC or ESPN (National)
How to watch online: ESPN app or FUBO.tv
Dallas Mavericks vs Los Angeles Lakers predictions
Luka Doncic explodes for 42 points as he lifts the Mavericks to their first Christmas Day victory since 2008. He continues his hot streak as he narrowly misses his seventh triple-double of the season by falling just one rebound shy.
LeBron James counters with 34 points on Christmas Day, but the Mavericks win one for Dirk. Spencer Dinwiddie scores 19 and Tim Hardaway Jr. catches fire for 24 points in the win.
Dallas Mavericks' next game and schedule
The Mavs start a three-game homestand on Christmas Day before embarking on a two-game Texas road trip. Here is a look at their next three games after the Dec. 25 showdown against LeBron and the Lakers.
Dec. 27 vs New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m. CT
Dec. 29 vs Houston Rockets at 7:30 p.m. CT
Dec. 31 at San Antonio Spurs at 6:00 p.m. CT
The Dallas Mavericks are searching for their third straight win on Christmas Day, and Luka Doncic will want to win that one for Dirk Nowitzki. It is just the team’s second-ever home game on Dec. 25, and everybody will be watching. That means Luka takes over, so do not miss it.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.