The Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on Sunday. The Lakers (17-2) have been unstoppable, as they have won 10 in a row and boast the best record in the league. LeBron James has been playing incredibly, averaging 25.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and a team-high 11.0 assists per game. Anthony Davis has been equally dominant, averaging team highs with 26.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard are both playing well, giving the Lakers plenty of energy at the center position. They are averaging a combined 14.2 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. The Lakers are shooting 48.3 percent from the field, which is the best in the NBA. They are averaging 26.6 assists per game, which is fourth best, and they are averaging 8.5 steals per game, which is sixth most in the league. Meanwhile, this marks the second game of a three-game road trip for the Mavs (12-6), which they began with a win in Phoenix on Friday. The Mavs have found their groove lately, as they have won six of their last seven games. Luka Doncic has been on fire, as he is averaging team highs of 30.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 9.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Kristaps Porzingis is averaging 17.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and a team-high 2.2 blocks per game. Tim Hardaway Jr. as been playing well lately, as he is averaging 14.6 points on 46 percent shooting, over his last 10 games. The Mavericks are averaging 118.0 points per game, which is fourth most in the league. They are limiting themselves to 12.6 turnovers per game, which is second fewest in the league.
December 1, 2019