They have struggled against the spread since their starting center injured his knee.
L.A. Times: With 22 victories against the point spread in their first 33 games, the Lakers had become one of the NBA’s best bets behind the unselfish play of Kobe Bryant.
But things have changed over the last two weeks for Coach Phil Jackson’s young team.
Since the Lakers covered the line with an impressive victory at New Orleans on Jan. 9, they are 1-5 against the spread heading into tonight’s game at Dallas.
And, with center Andrew Bynum and swingman Trevor Ariza expected to be sidelined because of injuries until at least March, the dry spell for Lakers’ supporters may continue for a while.
The Lakers, who were 7 1/2 -point underdogs and failed to cover in a 12-point loss at San Antonio on Wednesday, will be 8 1/2 -point underdogs against the Mavericks.
This will be the Lakers’ first meeting this season with the Mavericks, who are 6-2-1 against the spread in their last nine home games against a team with a winning road record.