Lakers – Mavs Pregame Numbers

We took a look at some of the more outstanding numbers leading into the first Lakers trip to Dallas since last postseason’s sweep at the hands of Dirk Nowitzki’s Mavericks:

4.7 Seconds left on the clock when Derek Fisher’s game-winning three-pointer left his hands in L.A.’s Jan. 16 victory over Dallas.

11 Games out of the last 14 in the regular season won by the Lakers over the Mavs, including the last three straight.

23.8 Dirk’s average in February, after he posted just 15.1 points per game in January. The big German is back playing his game, also averaging 11 boards in his last three games. His return to form has helped Dallas win seven of eight games.

42.3 Points averaged by the Mavs bench, third in the NBA, compared to L.A.’s 21.5 points per game. But don’t be misled, because…

61.9 Points per game averaged by Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum alone, which is nearly 10 points more than the five Dallas starters average combined (52.5). In other words, Dallas is geared towards getting bench scoring, relying upon Jason Terry, Lamar Odom and Vince Carter (before Delonte West’s injury), while the Lakers still run their offense through Gasol or Bynum when subs like Steve Blake and Matt Barnes check in. The Mavs also lead the NBA in bench minutes, while L.A. ranks just 23rd.

2,515 Career steals for Jason Kidd after he surpassed Michael Jordan in the Feb. 20 Mavs win over Boston. He trails only John Stockton for the all-time lead, while Kobe Bryant ranks 17th all time and 2nd among active players in swipes.