The Dallas Mavericks travel to the West coast to take on the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since the 2011 NBA Western Conference semifinals which the Mavericks won in four games. After a slow start to the season the Mavericks have found their stride and have their last five games and are just a half game behind the San Antonio Spurs for the Southwest Division lead. During their winning streak, the Mavericks have won each game by double digits except for one and have won each game by an average of 18 points.
As for the Lakers, they are playing their third game in four nights and are coming off a lost to the cross-town Los Angeles Clippers 102-94 on Saturday night. One thing the Mavericks need to do is attempt to slow down Kobe Bryant who is averaging 32 points per game so far this season, but has scored 40 or more points in his last four games.
Game date/time: Monday, Jan. 16, 9:30 p.m. CT.
Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: 103.3 ESPN Radio
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband