Traffic in and around Los Angeles is always bad, but look for extra gridlock Monday night in downtown L.A.. The Lakers play Game 1 of their NBA playoff series with the Mavericks at Staples Center at 7:30 p.m., about 20 minutes later and four miles from Dodger Stadium, where the Dodgers open a three-game series with the Cubs. Dating back to 2008, the Dodgers have played at home on the same day that the Lakers had a home playoff game 19 times. The Lakers are 16-3 in those games, while the Dodgers are 12-7.
The good news is that not once have both the Lakers and Dodgers lost on these days with two games. Then again, that has a lot to do with the Lakers being dominant at home, at 16-3. In fact, the Lakers are 17-2 at home since 2008 in the playoffs when the Dodgers don't play on the same night. In the end, there is no real predictive value in any of this information, but I thought it was interesting.
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