Last Updated on December 25, 2020

  • The Los Angeles Lakers are -6 against the Dallas Mavericks on Christmas Day. The moneyline is set to Lakers -227 and Mavericks +245.
  • Luka Doncic is the odds-on favorite to win MVP at +400 on DraftKings Sportsbook.
  • The Lakers were 48-44-1 against the spread last season.
  • The Mavericks were 39-39-3 against the spread last season


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The NBA season is back after the shortest offseason in history and Christmas Day features two of the best teams in the Western Conference — the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. The Lakers are defending champions with LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the charge. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are an up-and-coming squad with perhaps the best young player in the world — Luka Doncic.

The Mavs will travel to Los Angeles for this primetime Christmas Day game. Anytime Mike Breen is calling your game for ESPN, you know you are the main attraction of the night. The Action Rush Christmas Day NBA betting guide has the best odds, interesting props, analysis, and everything else you need to know for Lakers vs. Mavericks.


Lakers – Mavericks Odds Christmas Day

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The Lakers are -6 against the Mavericks on Christmas Day, but there are some sportsbooks that have Dallas as high as +7. The over/under on the game has not been set as of Wednesday.

NBA oddsmakers are on point when it comes to setting spreads. Last year, the Mavericks were 39-39-3 against the spread at DraftKings Sportsbook. Meanwhile, the Lakers finished slightly above that at 48-44-1 after going on a dominant run in the playoffs.


Mavericks vs. Lakers Player Props

Player Points Rebounds Assists Three Pointers Made
Luka Doncic (DAL) 30.5 (O -116 | U -104) 9.5 (O -110 | U -110) 8.5 (O -118 | U -104) 2.5 (O -120 | U -106)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (DAL) 15.5 (O -110 | U -110) 3.5 (O -120 | U -102) N/A 2.5 (O -150 | U +118)
Josh Richardson (DAL) 14.5 (O -108 | U -112) 3.5 (O +102 | U -124) N/A 1.5 (O -205 | U +158)
Anthony Davis (LAL) 25.5 (O -112 | U -108) 9.5 (O -128 | U +104) 3.5 (O +130 | U -160) 1.5 (O +148 | U -194)
LeBron James (LAL) 24.5 (O -118 | U -104) 7.5 (O -118 | U -104) 7.5 (O -130 | U +106) 2.5 (O +118 | U -150)
Dennis Schroder (LAL) 15.5 (O -116 | U -106) 3.5 (O -128 | U +104) 4.5 (O -115 | U -105) 1.5 (O -158 | U +124)



Who is the public betting on?

NBA Christmas Splits
Friday, December 25, 2020
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
NO Pelicans +3.5 49% 36% Over 223.5 32% 36% +135 52% 39%
MIA Heat -3.5 51% 64% Under 223.5 68% 64% -162 48% 61%
GS Warriors +10 2% 6% Over 231.5 25% 33% +410 13% 11%
MIL Bucks -10 98% 94% Under 231.5 75% 67% -560 87% 89%
BKN Nets -3 90% 87% Over 226.5 58% 80% -143 89% 76%
BOS Celtics +3 10% 13% Under 226.5 42% 20% +123 11% 24%
DAL Mavericks +7 41% 29% Over 227.5 48% 52% +225 7% 13%
LA Lakers -7 59% 71% Under 227.5 52% 48% -278 93% 87%
LA Clippers -2.5 71% 75% Over 224.5 82% 80% -139 81% 68%
DEN Nuggets +2.5 29% 25% Under 224.5 18% 20% +117 19% 32%


Provided by DraftKings Sportsbook


Betting Preview and Game Angles

This game is going to be a matchup of the current king and the heir to the throne. LeBron James proved last season that he is still the top dog in the NBA, but Luka Doncic is right on his heels. The 21-year-old was the youngest player to make First-Team All-NBA since you guessed it, LeBron James.

Obviously, James has a better supporting cast considering the fact that Anthony Davis is another First-Team All-NBA player. The Mavs will be shorthanded to start the season as Kristaps Porzingis continues to rehab from knee surgery. Both the Lakers and Mavs improved in the offseason. Let’s take a deeper dive into each team as they prepare for Christmas Day.


Lakers Notes

The Lakers were not content to run it back in 2021 with the team they had. Oftentimes, championship teams that try to do that fall short of repeating. Instead of standing pat, the Lakers went out and added the reigning Sixth Man of the Year — Montrezl Harrell — and the guy who finished second in voting — Dennis Schroder.

Schroder is starting at point guard to help give James another legitimate ballhandler while Harrell will continue to come off the bench. However, Schroder will spend plenty of time working with Harrell on the second unit. Even though the Lakers fell short in game one of the 2020-21 season, Harrell and Schroder appear to have good chemistry on the court together.

That’s good news for the Lakers because it means LeBron and Davis can take on a lighter load in the regular season. Remember, this Lakers squad was still playing games as recently as October. They might need to ease into this season.

We already saw head coach Frank Vogel playing it safe with his rotations against the Clippers on Tuesday night. Despite the fact that the Lakers had a chance to win it in the second half, James only played 25 minutes and didn’t return in the fourth quarter to try and spur a comeback. Davis played 31 minutes.

Was Vogel’s usage in LeBron in anticipation of this Christmas Day game or is that going to be a trend for the first couple of months of the season? Only time will tell.


Mavericks Notes

This Dallas team is going to go as far as Luka Doncic takes them. That’s good news for Mavs fans because the world expects big things out of Doncic this season. The 21-year-old — yes, he’s still 21 — is the odds-on favorite to win MVP entering this season.

His dominant performances against the Clippers in the playoffs served as a coming-out party for the Slovenian wonderboy. Older NBA fans might consider this blasphemy, but his game-winner against the Clippers in Game 4 feels eerily similar to “The Shot” from Michael Jordan in Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1989.

Neither player would go on to win the NBA Finals that year, but it’s a sign of things to come. One of the main differences between Doncic’s step-back buzzer-beater and “The Shot” is that Doncic was 21 and Jordan was 26.

Doncic has the chance to make another statement on a massive stage this Christmas. The Mavericks have a handful of versatile wings to flank Doncic this year, including the recently acquired Josh Richardson. Even without Porzingis, they should be well-equipped to hit the ground running this year.


How To Watch Lakers – Mavericks

  • Date: Christmas Day
  • Time: 8:10 p.m. ET
  • Location: STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, California)
  • TV: ESPN


Prediction: Lakers Rest, Mavericks Roll

First things first, let’s just clarify what we mean by “Lakers rest” here. Despite the big stage, Vogel and the Lakers have their eyes on the prize again. LeBron is likely going to play more than 25 minutes in this game, but don’t expect to see him out there for 35+ minutes.

The Mavericks, on the other hand, were ousted from the playoffs in the first round. They should have no issue coming out and playing Luka Doncic for big minutes. Sure, the Lakers don’t want to start out the season 0-2, but they shouldn’t be worried about their early record too much. As long as they are ready to go when the playoffs roll around, they are still the favorite to win it all. For this reason, go with the Mavericks moneyline.


Score Prediction: Mavericks win 115-104

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