NBA Season Opener – Lakers vs Mavericks Betting Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers will start the road for the championship this Tuesday at 10:30 PM ET at the Staples, when they host the Dallas Mavericks in the season opener.

Los Angeles hasn’t won a single preseason game this season, and most people are worried about how they will develop with the new additions: Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Also, Kobe Bryant is questionable for the season opener with a foot injury.

“I don’t know, I have my doubts,” said Pau Gasol about Bryant’s situation. “I hope we (have him in the lineup). … He hasn’t been able to practice for six days. He’s been off that foot for six days and it’s no joke. I don’t remember the last time that he took that many days off exercising. He might do stuff in the weight room and might do stuff without putting weight on the foot, but it’s a little bit concerning”.

“He hasn’t really talked about it,” Howard said. “I know he’s a little down right now. He seems down because he can’t get out there and practice with us. He’s trying to nurse his foot”.

Not even his coach Mike Brown knows what’s going to happen for the all-star this week.

“It’s a medical issue,” Brown said. “If Gary says he can’t play for medical reasons, he won’t play. … He can’t play if the doctors won’t release him. I don’t know anybody in any professional sport that would play if the doctors don’t release you. So, that has to happen from our medical staff and obviously he has to feel that he can go to and I have to feel that way too. But, the reality of it is, when the doctors clear him and he feels like he can go then I’m good with it”.

For Dallas, their recent moves have Melvin Ely and Chris Douglas-Roberts waived and Delonte West with his first suspension this month.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can’t do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he’s more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn’t let Frank write his profile.