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Dallas vs. LA Lakers, 10/30/2012 22:30
Point Spread: -8½/-101 LA Lakers
Tuesday's NBA Free Pick: Lakers -8.5
Forget the fact that Kobe Bryant may or may not play in this game. The Mavericks are in much worse shape even if Bryant misses the opener. Dallas will be without their best player in Dirk Nowitzki and simply don't have the talent around him to make up for his loss. The Mavs will also be without a key role player in Delonte West and potentially starting center Chris Kaman.
Normally the Lakers would be a bad bet early in the season after making such huge offseason additions, but this is a game where they should dominate from the opening tip. One of the big concerns with Los Angeles is the bench, but with Dallas hurting and not exactly featuring a deep roster it shouldn't be a huge factor in this one. I really like the Lakers to easily win this game by double-digits at home. BET THE LAKERS!