Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Preview, and Odds

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks Prediction, Preview, and Odds

The injury bug hasn't been kind to the Los Angeles Lakers, costing them a number of wins as the likes of LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo have all missed multiple games.

James, who has been receiving daily treatment by the Lakers training and medical staff, is making progress on his recovery and will be re-evaluated in a week, making his availability for next Wednesday's home game against Detroit unlikely. Luka Doncic is leading the team this season with 19.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while Harrison Barnes adds 18.2 points per contest.

James is now having daily treatments for his injury so hopefully James' reevaluation goes great next week. "We talk all year, we need everyone on our team".

James suffered a strained groin on Christmas Day against Golden State.

"They're trying, but they're young", Walton said. They've gone 1-4 with James and their fourth quarter against the Knicks on Friday was far from what one would expect from a would-be Western Conference playoff team.

Kuzma has played in all 38 of the Lakers games this season, starting 36 of them. We need more fight. In his November 21 return to Quicken Loans Arena to face the Cavs, he delivered 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.

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Of course, part of the problem is that it isn't just James out of action for Los Angeles. "It's hard to win in this league when you're healthy, so you gotta give double that effort when guys are down".

Prior to the injury, James showed no signs of showing down.

Even if he is deemed healthy in a week and is able to play January 11 at Utah, he will have missed eight games.

At the end of three quarters, the Lakers, who shot 38.2 percent from the floor in the first half compared to Dallas' 59.5 percent, held a 32-5 edge in fastbreak points.

How do their struggles change the perception of them going forward as prospects and what impact could that shift make on the upcoming trade deadline?

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