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Lakers and Mavericks square up in Dallas

The Los Angeles Lakers travel to Dallas to match to the Mavericks on Saturday, January 13 at 20:30 CAT at AmericanAirlines Center. The game will be live on Kwesé Free Sports and Kwesé Sports 1.

LAST TIME OUT

The Lakers have lost 15 games straight to the Mavericks, dating back to November 2013. The Mavericks scored 122 points in the last two wins; the last contest in Dallas ended 122-111. Dirk Nowitzki led all scorers with 24 points in the last win, and added 11 rebounds. Seth Curry also scored 18 points for the Mavericks.

D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson both scored 22 for the Lakers, while Julius Randle led everyone with 14 rebounds to go with his 13 points.

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

Lakers

14-27

13th in West

PTS: 106.5 (11th)

REB: 46.5 (2nd)

AST: 23.4 (7th)

Mavericks

15-28

12th in West

PTS: 102.6 (23rd)

REB: 40.4 (27th)

AST: 22.7 (13th)

HEAD TO HEAD

This matchup will be the first of four Lakers vs Mavericks games this season. The Mavericks have swept the Lakers in the regular-season series the last four years.

LAST GAME’S STARTERS

Los Angeles Lakers: Nick Young, D’Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, Tarik Black and Julius Randle

Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell, Wesley Matthews, Seth Curry, Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES

Los Angeles Lakers: No injured players

Mavericks: Seth Curry, Dorian Finney-Smith are both out

TEAM LEADERS

Lakers

PTS: Kyle Kuzma (16.7)

REB: Lonzo Ball (7.1)

AST: Lonzo Ball (7.1)

Mavericks

PTS: Harrison Barnes (18.8)

REB: Harrison Barnes (6.7)

AST: JJ Barea (6.1)

Game Notes

The Los Angeles Lakers have started the new year well after a horrid start to the season. They ended 2017 with six straight losses, and started 2018 with three more losses, tying the franchise record for losses in a row, before ending the skid with the defeat of the Atlanta Hawks; they have now won three games in a row, their longest winning run so far in the season. This is the start of a three-game road trip that will next take the Lakers to Memphis, then Oklahoma City, before they return for a three-game homestand.

The Dallas Mavericks had their own early-season blues when they won just two of their first 16 games. They were 5-17 by the end of November, but experienced a brief resurgence in December when they were 8-8; the wins included four straight to close out the year. But like the Lakers, they’ve also lost the first three games in 2018, but have now won two straight.

By Akinbode Oguntuyi

@booday10 on Twitter

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