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2022/23 National Basketball Association (NBA) season
Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles, USA
Saturday, 18 March 2023
Los Angeles Lakers will square off with the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association (NBA)
match on March 18.
This will be the 171st meeting between the two teams in regular-season games since 1980 when the Mavericks were formed.
The Lakers have dominated this rivalry having recorded 116 wins compared to the Mavericks' 54 victories from 170 matches.
After being down by as many as 27 points, the Lakers completed the largest comeback of the season by defeating the Mavericks, 111-108 on 26 February 2023.
The Lakers improved to 29-32, while the Mavericks fell to 32-30 following a game which was played at the American Airlines Center.
What Is At Stake
The Lakers' hopes of qualifying for the playoffs are very much alive as they are placed sixth on the Western Conference standings having recorded 36 victories and 33 defeats.
On the other hand, the Mavericks remain hopeful of reaching the playoffs and they are placed eighth on the Western Conference standings having registered 34 wins and 35 defeats.
Anthony Davis, who recorded 30 points, 15 rebounds and four assists for the Lakers as they defeated the Mavericks on February 26, will be looking to propel the Los Angeles giants to another win.
While Luka Doncic, who tallied 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Mavericks in the losing effort against the Lakers, will be determined to ensure that the Dallas side avoids a defeat.
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The Mavericks coach Jason Kidd spoke to the media on the health of the team going forward after his side lost 104-88 to the Memphis Grizzlies at the American Airlines Center on 13 March 2023.
"Just understand, our health – this is what we have, these are the cards we're dealt," Kidd said.
"Just like anybody in this league, we've got to play with the cards that we had tonight. We played a good half of basketball with a young backcourt that's learning how to play the NBA game.
"Put that in perspective against a very good defensive team."
NBA fixtures - 18-19 March
Saturday, March 18
23:00 - Charlotte Hornets v Philadelphia 76ers
23:30 - Atlanta Hawks v Golden State Warriors
23:30 - Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards
00:00 - Chicago Bulls v Minnesota Timberwolves
00:00 - Houston Rockets v New Orleans Pelicans
00:00 - San Antonio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies
02:00 - Portland Trail Blazers v Boston Celtics
02:30 - Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks
15:00 - New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets
19:00 - Los Angeles Clippers v Orlando Magic
Sunday, March 19
23:00 - Indiana Pacers v Philadelphia 76ers
23:00 - Toronto Raptors v Minnesota Timberwolves
00:00 - Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat
00:00 - Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors
00:00 - Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings
01:00 - Utah Jazz v Boston Celtics
19:30 - Brooklyn Nets v Denver Nuggets
19:30 - Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns
20:00 - San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks
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