Need to get informed before tonight's contest in Dallas? Well, give our Lakers-Mavericks preview PodKast a whirl and hear our take on the matchups, Dallas' new acquisitions and the keys to the Lakers securing back-to-back wins.
Also, an FYI. One of those new Mavs, Caron Butler, will not suit up due to an allergic reaction to medication. Apparently, it's nothing too serious and he's not expected to miss any action beyond tonight. But it's a bad break for Dallas, who undoubtedly would love a better idea of how their new roster stacks up against the defending champs.
On the flip side, it's a good break the Lakers can't afford to squander if they're interested in beating out the Cleveland Cavaliers for home court advantage throughout the playoffs.