NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Lakers 26 32 21 14 93
Dallas 23 23 33 29 108
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5:30 PM PT6:30 PM MT7:30 PM CT8:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)01:3020:30 ET6:30 PM CT23:30 , April 24, 2021
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas  Attendance: 4,561

Lakers, Anthony Davis set for rematch at Mavericks

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks

  1. The Lakers have averaged 6.3 more points per game against conference opponents than teams from the East (112.6 vs. 106.3). That's the largest difference in scoring in favor of facing conference opponents this season, and the Mavericks have the second largest difference (+5.0, 113.6 vs. 108.6).
  2. The Lakers started out 21-6 this season and had the second-best record in the NBA through February 12, a half-game behind the Jazz, who were 21-5 at that point. But the Lakers are 14-18 over their last 32 games.
  3. The Mavericks are the only NBA team that has not lost a game after leading at the end of the first quarter this season (20-0).
  4. Anthony Davis went 2-for-10 from the floor in his return to action on Thursday. Over the last five seasons he's had only one game with a lower field-goal percentage (1-for-9 against the Magic on February 12, 2019).
  5. Luka Doncic has made 41.0 percent of his shots against the Lakers, his third lowest field-goal percentage against one opponent. He has lower marks against the Heat (36.0%) and 76ers (37.5%).
  6. Doncic has led or tied for leading the Mavericks in points, rebounds, and assists in 18 games this season. The only NBA players to lead their team in all three categories as often as Doncic this season are Nikola Jokic (23) and Julius Randle (18).

Playing for the first time after missing 30 straight games because of a right calf strain, Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis said he felt like himself physically.

Davis finished 2-for-10 from the field, with four points, four rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 17 minutes, as the Lakers lost 115-110 to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday.

With the win, the Mavericks, No. 7 in the Western Conference, improved to 32-26 and inched closer to the 35-24 Lakers, who hold the No. 5 seed.

Like Dallas, the Portland Trail Blazers are 32-26 and currently the No. 6 seed; Portland holds the tiebreaker over the Mavericks because they lead the season series 2-1 over Dallas.

"I felt fine," Davis said. "My wind felt better than I expected. I got good looks that I missed, and obviously that comes with time, to get those game reps. But I felt good out there. I felt really good.

"I was able to do some things to give the team a little juice. We came out with a great start, but it's tough when you're able to play, then you've got to watch the whole second half and not be able to contribute on the floor."

The Lakers are working to hold off the Mavericks and avoid the play-in game for seeds 7-10.

However, Davis will likely have a minutes restriction -- playing 15-to-20 minutes in just one half against the Mavericks again on Saturday.

"We dropped this one tonight, knowing that Dallas is trying to catch Portland and us -- and they came a game closer," Davis said. "On Saturday, we're going to talk about how the minutes will look then. I know it probably won't be a full game, but it's still tough when we're trying to battle as well for seeding.

"But we know at the end of the day when everyone's healthy, we're a tough team to beat. No matter where we fall in the playoff field, we're going to come out, and I think we're going to be a challenge for anybody. That's how we look at it, big picture. But we still want to make sure that we control our own destiny, and make sure we're in the playoffs 1-6, and not fall to the 7-to-10 range."

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle will continue to lean on his superstar, Luka Doncic, to carry his team on both ends of the floor.

Doncic finished with a game-high 30 points, along with nine rebounds and eight assists in the win over the Lakers on Thursday.

Over the past five games, Doncic has averaged 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds a contest. The Mavericks are 3-2 in those games.

The Mavericks play seven games at home and seven on the road in their final 14 games of the regular season. However, Dallas is just 15-14 at home this season.

"We've got to play hard every game, and we've got to take every game seriously," Doncic said, when asked about his team's struggles at home. "Sometimes we just relax too much, and we've got to play hard every game. And our defense has to improve every game."

Dallas could be playing Saturday without two of its core rotational players, with Kristaps Porzingis (left ankle sprain) and Maxi Kleber (lower back contusion) questionable.

"We're just trying to get into the playoffs, no matter how," Doncic. "We're not trying to be in the play-in tournament. We're trying to keep moving up."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 23, 2021

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