No Cigars for Dallas today

29 11 2008

Dallas Mavericks (7-7) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-1)

The last time the Mavs played the Lakers, LA managed to only just eke out a win.  Dallas come to town with high hopes and a fully-loaded Dirk Nowitzki.  Dirk’s been firing of late, averaging a handy 28.8 points and 11.6 boards over the last five games.  Even tho’ the Lakers boast one of the best teams in the NBA at both ends of the court, Dallas would have to rate themselves for this game.

Phil being phunny...LA.  Quite simply they are the cream of the crop at the moment.  Used to be that if you shut down Kobe, then you shut down LA.  Not any more.  Even when Kobe’s not hot now, LA are winning… and by a league-best average of 14+ points per.  You can’t just stop #24, you have to stop the entire team. No-one’s playing big minutes yet, largely because they haven’t needed to. It’s a well-balanced team that comes at you from all angles. Phil’s got them playing very, very well.

Dallas have found recent form that might come close to doing that. Having won 5 on the trot, not only is Nowitzki playing well, but you can also look to wily ol’ veterans Jason Terry and J-Kidd as well. Funny that. You have to wonder if it’s the lesser impact of a somewhat distracting owner.

The Lakers will be looking to extend their own 5 game winning streak, and move to an impressive 12-1 thus far this season.
I see that happening. LA by 17.

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5 responses

29 11 2008
mark

Dont konw if this game is live or not but im watching it on ESPN. Mavs up at halftime.

29 11 2008
mark

$#@!……….

29 11 2008
withmalice

Very happy here. Go-go 2nd 6 game-winning-streak AND a 12-1 record!

29 11 2008
mark

Cant believe the Mavs dropped a 12 point lead to let the Lakers go on a 19-0 run. And i dont know whether the Lakers D just switched it on or if it was just the ordinary shooting by the Mavs that contributed to the Lakers win.

30 11 2008
Dean Becker

1st Laker game I watched in some time, mostly just the 2nd half, though. But then again, I tacked a Laker ML on with an over ;~)

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