The Dallas Mavericks will be out superstar Luka Doncic for the third straight game as they host the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 15. Doncic re-injured his ankle on Dec. 10, and the Mavs have won two consecutive contests without the 22-year-old.
The Lakers have also won two straight and will be shorthanded on Wednesday night. Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard, and Malik Monk all entered the health and safety protocols on Tuesday. Los Angeles canceled practice to undergo testing and more players could be ruled out before tipoff.
Fans will not want to miss the Dec. 15 as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook invade the American Airlines Center. Here is a look at the odds, how to watch, and more on the contest.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers: How to watch
Start time: 6:30 p.m. CT or 7:30 p.m. ET
How to watch: ESPN (national), Bally Sports Southwest- Dallas (Mavs local market), Spectrum SportsNet (Los Angeles market)
Watch online: Watch ESPN
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Injury report
The Mavs will be without Luka Doncic (ankle) and Willie Cauley-Stein (personal) on Dec. 15. Sterling Brown has been upgraded to questionable on the NBA’s official injury report after missing five straight games with a foot injury.
The Lakers ruled out Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk, and Dwight Howard in the health and safety protocols for Wednesday’s game. Trevor Ariza (ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (knee) are also out. Anthony Davis (knee) is questionable with LeBron James (abdominal) checking in at probable.
The injury report could change quickly on Wednesday as the Lakers continue to test, so be sure to check social media just before tipoff for all the latest.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the game is even money tonight with both teams sitting at minus-110. The over/under for the contest is 214.0.
The Mavs over/under is 107.5, which they have topped just once in the six games Luka Doncic has missed this season.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Lakers predictions
The Mavs winning streak ends as the Lakers take the victory at the American Airlines Center. Expect the game to go under 214, and LeBron James to lead the way for Los Angeles with 25-plus points as he narrowly misses a triple-double.
The Mavericks will get 20 points from Kristaps Porzingis and an 18-point double-double out of Jalen Brunson, but it will not be enough on Wednesday night.
Fans should tune in and enjoy the game. It will not be Luka versus LeBron, but there will be plenty of excitement at the American Airlines Center on Dec. 15, so do not miss it.