The Los Angeles Lakers are getting used to winning in Dallas.
Los Angeles has gone an NBA-best 8-2 at American Airlines Center since March 18, 2008, while Dallas has a .691 home winning percentage in that time (143-64).
Tonight the Lakers will try for their sixth straight regular-season victory in Dallas.
The Mavs haven’t cracked 100 points during their five-game home skid versus Los Angeles, which dates to March 12, 2011. Dallas has averaged 101.1 in all home games since then, however the Lakers have held them to 92.6, winning by an average of 11.2 points.
Kobe Bryant starred in all of those games. Continuing the road streak will have to occur without him while he continues to recover from a torn left Achilles.
Los Angeles has gone 2-2 without their star guard after snapping a two-game skid with a 105-103 home victory versus the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. Pau Gasol hit a pair of free throws with 6 seconds left to secure the victory.
Xavier Henry made his first start of the NBA season and scored a team-high 18 points as Los Angeles continues to look for the right rotation without Bryant.
Los Angeles went 3-1 versus the Mavericks last season, outrebounding them in each game.
Dallas (2-1) is currently averaging 111.3 points after Saturday’s 111-99 home victory against the Memphis Grizzlies. They’re shooting only 38.9 percent in their last two games, but they made up for it versus Memphis with a 40-for-46 night at the free throw line.
Six players reached double figures, led by Dirk Nowitzki’s 24. The 35 year-old veteran and newcomer Monta Ellis are each averaging 23.3 points through their first three games together.
Furthermore from their road success versus the Mavericks, Los Angeles has won seven of the last eight overall in the series.